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New planned regulations for tax preparers require new continuing education

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Dec. 6, 2010) – Tidewater Community College’s Division of Workforce Solutions has launched a partnership with The Income Tax School to provide tax professionals with continuing education and preparation for new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) testing.

Beginning in 2011, the IRS plans to require tax preparers to register with the IRS and take a minimum of 15 credit hours of continuing education to be certified to provide tax advice to the public. The plan also will require preparers to pass a new IRS competency test.

Developed and taught by practicing tax professionals, TCC’s multifaceted program is available online and classes can be taken anytime. The partnership offers courses at all levels, enabling providers to choose the basic, intermediate or comprehensive level.

For more information, visit or contact Rebecca Yingling, director of continuing education, 822-1402 or Other new programs offered by Workforce Solutions include studies to become a Phlebotomist, Medical Biller or Pharmacy Technician, a certificate in Event Planning/Management, and training at the Customer Service Academy,


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 students in 2009-10. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit