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Certified Tax Specialist (CTS)

Have you been searching for tax planning training? Perhaps the Certified Tax Specialist (CTS) designation is exactly what you've been seeking.

Bank Training Center offers the CTS training and certification courses for those individuals interested in earning the prestigious Certified Tax Specialist designation.

The Certified Tax Specialist (CTS) designation indicates that a certificant has received advanced training and expertise in being able to provide strategies to help their clients reduce their taxable income.

There are numerous opportunities to decrease taxable income and reduce a client's tax liability. The CTS program will reveal the secrets in a curriculum that is both entertaining and informative!Certified Tax Specialist

Curriculum

This accredited program is a 60-hour self-study program administered over six modules.

Students are given 12 months to complete the program, but the vast majority of the enrollees complete the materials within a couple of months. There are four requirements for certification:

  1. Pass three exams; each one covers two of the six modules (students can three month-extension for $40)
  2. Complete one open-book case study (a one page set of facts based on a hypothetical client)
  3. Fill out a registration form and complete a student questionnaire, and
  4. Sign a code of ethics

Examination Requirements

Each exam is a 60 minute, 50-question, computer-administered exam - a passing score of 70% is required for each exam. Exams can only be taken sequentially, and the student needs to be notified of a passing grade before sitting for the next exam.

Exams are taken online, with a proctor (disinterested third party). There is no additional exam fee; it is included in the cost of your course tuition. If a re-take is necessary, a $75 charge will apply.

Additional Requirements

To earn this designation, candidates must have at least 2,000 hours of work experience in the financial services industry or a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. The designation will not be granted until the required minimum number of hours has been fulfilled or a bachelor's degree has been granted.

Continuing Education Requirements

Designees must complete 15 hours of continuing education, reported once every year. Designees have a wide range of topics and methods to choose from (e.g., attending seminars, reading books, completing other courses, teaching, writing articles, etc.). Also, each year Designees must remit an annual renewal fee.

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