Tax Practitioners Board approves Basic 80-Hour Income Tax Course

Linn-Benton Community College has been approved by the State Board of Tax Practitioners to offer basic tax preparation courses starting in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Students who successfully complete the Basic 80-Hour Income Tax courses will be qualified to take the state board Licensed Tax Preparer (LTP) certification exam.

LTP certification will provide students the authorization to work as a licensed tax preparer in Oregon.

LBCC joins a handful of other Oregon community colleges and several private tax preparers to offer the basic tax education courses. LBCC’s courses were approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission this spring.

LBCC will offer the four-credit Income Tax Accounting I (BA 256) spring term 2018, followed by the four-credit Income Tax Accounting II (BA 257) fall term 2018, allowing students to take the LTP exam in December in time for tax season.

LBCC Business Management faculty members Alan Fudge, CPA; Mary Vedaa, CPA; and Chris Ruderman, CMA, CFM, will teach the courses. Each has a background in tax preparation.

Students who pass the LTP exam will be eligible to fulfill their Cooperative Work Experience requirement, which applies toward LBCC’s Associate of Science Accounting Technology degree.

For more information, contact Chris Ruderman at


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