Associate Degree in Accounting and Tax Specialist

Specialize in Tax Law

Become a go-to resource for tax planning and preparation.

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Total Program Credits:
102 Credits

Transfer Credits:
Transfer in up to 75% of the program
*Prior learning and work experience may count toward program credit

Program Length:
7 quarters full time
21 months with year-round classes

Employment Rate:
60% for 2012 - 2013

Salary Range:
Full-time $20,800-$33,280

Our accounting and tax specialist associate degree program gives students the training needed to manage a home-based tax and business consulting service, work for a tax and financial services agency or corporate tax accounting department, or continue their education with a bachelor's degree. Complete your degree in as few as 21 months and get your career started! 

Our associate in accounting and tax specialist degree qualifies graduates for a variety of entry-level accounting positions including tax associate, accounting clerk and accounting assistant. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, increased regulation and a focus on transparency have resulted in the need for qualified professionals to maintain books and provide accounting services for individuals and organizations.

Gain the skills needed for this career field:

  • Business communication
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Analysis of financial statements
  • Use of accounting software
  • Application of federal tax rules
  • Preparation of tax returns

Gain in-depth accounting knowledge with courses in:

  • Accounting principles
  • Payroll accounting
  • Managerial accounting
  • Accounting systems
  • Excel
  • Tax

The associate degree in accounting and tax specialist provides a thorough understanding of standard accounting practices with an emphasis on the skills needed by accounting practitioners, financial accounting, taxation and business consulting.

Our accounting and tax specialist program includes:

  • Hands-on practice in preparation of federal tax returns for businesses and individuals
  • Instructors with experience in the field
  • Small class sizes for personal attention
  • Online classes (24/7 access) or choose day or evening at any campus location
  • Courses transfer into our bachelor's degree in accounting program

If you would like to learn more about careers in tax accounting, or help in comparing this associate degree program to others, we invite you to contact  admissions or call 1-877-303-6060 for information or to arrange a free career-planning meeting

Online Accounting and Tax Specialist Degree

Earn an online accounting and tax specialist degree from Globe University. We offer all of our business and accounting classes online to give you the flexibility to fit your lifestyle. Enjoy the same small class size and professional instructors with our online accounting courses. Make the best of both environments and mix online and on-campus classes to fit your schedule. Learn more about Globe University’s online division

Accounting Principles I & II

This course is an introduction to financial accounting and the basic accounting cycle. Students analyze transactions, prepare accountant’s worksheets with related financial statement and account for cash and receivables. Students apply concepts related to inventory, long-term assets, liabilities and owner’s equity for partnerships and corporations. The course also covers the use and preparation of the statement of cash flows and financial statement analysis.

Accounting Systems

Students learn to use business simulation package to give students hands-on experience in computerized accounting applications for small businesses. Students use the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory, invoicing and payroll modules.

Tax I & II

This course is an introduction to federal tax law including the preparation of individual income tax form 1040 and related schedules. Study is focused on the federal tax law governing business expenses, property transactions, and tax practice and ethics. Students prepare tax forms for individuals, continue to research tax issues, and practice communicating tax planning suggestions to clients.

Payroll Accounting

Students compute wages and salaries, withholding for social security and income taxes and unemployment compensation taxes. The course also requires students to maintain payroll records and to prepare the relevant tax forms.

Here are a few examples of companies that have employed our graduates:

A.A.S. Accounting and Tax Specialist Graduates July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2013

  • John Wiese Ford, Inc.
  • Graco
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Cub Foods
  • Custom Accounting Services
  • Clifton Larson Allen
  • County Materials
  • Job Title(s)
  • 10th Percentile Salary
  • 25th Percentile Salary
  • 50th Percentile Salary
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing clerks
  • $21,610
  • $27,750
  • $35,170

This annual salary data is taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for this job title. The 10th percentile indicates the bottom 10 percent of earners make less than that figure annually; the 25th percentile means the bottom quarter of workers earn less than the number; and the 50th percentile shows the median income for the profession.


The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected employment growth rates for 2012-2022

  • 11%

Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing clerks

  • 11%

Average for all Occupations


View Bureau of Labor Statistics