Become a certified Tax Preparer

The Jackson Hewitt Basic Tax Course is 60 hours in length. Our traditional in-class course is conducted mornings, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30am to 12:30pm as two 3 hour sessions each week. The class starts each year in September.

California Tax Education Council

This class meets the certification requirements of the California Tax Education Council (CTEC). This certification is a requirement for tax professionals working in California, who are not already enrolled agents, CPA's, or attorneys.

How much does it cost?

How much does it cost?
Full cost for the course is $299 Price includes books and materials . You will also receive full access to our on-line course. To start is $80 down payments and then 3 payments of $73 over the course of the class.

There is an Early Bird Special. Sign up in July get $50 discount. Sign up in August get $25 discount.

Open House

Review the materials, meet our instructors; find out more about tax school!

We’d love to meet you! Hours for the Open House are:

2020 Dates: TBA

3530 Auburn Bl. #1, Sacramento, CA SE Corner of Auburn and Watt
Class Locations and Schedules


The English classes are held at the Jackson Hewitt office located at 6745 Watt Ave. in North Highlands. (southwest corner of Watt and Elkhorn.)

Mornings, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Note: The open house is at a different location.

Become a Certified Tax Preparer Today!

In-Class and On-Line courses available.  Flexible Payment Plans.

What the course covers

The course addresses income tax filing for individuals. The course does not address tax returns for entities such as partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, estates, trusts.

Following are some of the topics covered in the course:

  • Filing Requirements
  • Filing Status
  • Dependents /Exemptions
  • Wages and Tips
  • Passive and Non-passive income
  • Alimony
  • Interest, Dividends
  • Gambling and other Misc Income
  • Pensions, IRA's, Retirement
  • State Refunds
  • Scholarships
  • Social Security
  • Earned Income Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Education Tax Credits
  • Capital Gains & Losses
  • Sale of Residence
  • Itemized Deductions
  • Rental Income
  • Depreciation
  • Non-refundable and Refundable Credits
  • California State Returns
  • Business Income/ Expenses
  • Self employment
  • Estimated Tax
  • Extensions
  • Amendments Penalties and Interest
  • And much more

Who is Jackson Hewitt?

Jackson Hewitt is the nation’s second largest tax preparation firm with almost 6000 offices coast to coast. Jackson Hewitt franchisees operate 20 offices in the Sacramento region. We are approved by

California Tax Education Council
IRS authorized E-file provider
Better Business Bureau member

Here's what our former students have to say!

“It was an incredible chance to improve myself and learn something valuable...”Mrs. Warner, a retired administrative assistant said, smiling. “I couldn’t resist.”

“At first, I thought, ‘Well now I’ll never have to pay anyone else to do my taxes.’ And that’s true. But last year I earned a very nice part-time income from January to April and I couldn’t be happier. Now I tell people I moonlight as a tax whiz. My grandchildren think it’s cool.”

“I’m not tied down to any one place,” said Steve Newman, a college junior.“I can take this skill and earn extra cash. And my hours are my own.”

Who gets hired?

Although some graduates have a background in accounting or bookkeeping, most do not. “What’s more important is their desire to learn and a willingness to work with people,” says Robert Hogg a Jackson Hewitt franchisee with several tax offices. “Once students learn our state of the art computerized tax software, they’ll have no problem preparing tax returns. I actually prefer to hire my tax school graduates over others, as we have gotten to know one another during the course.”

Frequently Asked Questions