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Dorothy Janet Parker
T ACCT 468
Tacoma Campus

Cooperative Field Experience

Provides opportunities to gain experience and apply concepts taught in the accounting concentration. Involves learning skills and applying knowledge through practical experience working cooperatively with professionals in the field. Requires application and completed employer contract with faculty permission. Prerequisite: a minimum grade of 1.7 in T ACCT 301.

Class description

The Volunteer Income Tax Aide program (TACCT 468) is a internship that provides students with real world experience of preparing income tax returns. The Volunteer Income Tax Aide program provides tax assistance for lower income and elderly taxpayers. Students apply their knowledge of the major elements of individual federal income tax that they gained in their federal income tax course. They gain experience in accessing tax information, completing tax forms and using electronic sources to complete and file tax returns.

Student learning goals

Professionalism: Students gain experience in working directly with client taxpayers.

Communication Skills: Students practice interview techniques and convey tax information to clients.

Social Benefit: The volunteer program provides tax help to the elderly and low income taxpayers who could not afford to pay for tax services.

Critical Thinking Skills: Students must research critical information and use that knowledge to determine the correct course of action as it applies to specific situations that are unique to each taxpayer.

General method of instruction

Classroom instruction and field work

Recommended preparation

Prerequisite: a minimum grade of 1.7 in T ACCT 451.

Class assignments and grading

Self-paced instruction


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Dorothy Janet Parker
Date: 11/26/2013