There are multiple sources you can use to learn the tax law necessary to be certified as a volunteer preparer by the IRS.
Use the links above to go to the source(s) you would like to use. You may use any combination of sources that works best with your learning style. Each of these will cover all federal tax law topcs which are included in the IRS Advanced Certification. Only the New Jersey Slide Decks cover NJ tax law topics. [Note: Unless instructed otherwise, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers should ignore Military and International sections in the IRS sources.]
|New Jersey Slide Decks||NJ Team||PowerPoint||Decks that integrate Federal and New Jersey tax law topics. Based on prior year tax law in order to allow preparing returns using TSO (Federal + State) (Tax-Aide only / NOT VITA)|
|NTTC Slide Decks||NTTC||PowerPoint||Decks that cover Federal tax law topics from the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide National Tax Training Committee. (Federal Only) (Tax-Aide only / NOT VITA)|
|NTTC Workbook||NTTC||15 Tax problems plus many excellent questions on various tax law topics. (Federal Only) (Tax-Aide only / NOT VITA)|
|IRS Pub 4491||IRS||A classic textbook style way to learn tax law (Federal Only) [Note: this file is fairly large (10+ MB) - It is probably best to download to your computer once when you have a fast internet connection then use your local copy.] (Federal Only)|
|IRS Link & Learn||IRS||e-Learning||A series of self-study modules that correspond to the lessons in Pub 4491. Includes examples and interactive quizzes. (Federal Only)|
|IRS HSA Specialty Course||IRS||Health Savings Account Specialty Course. (Federal Only)|