Preparing Canadian Income Tax Returns - Introductory Course

Comprehensive online personal tax course -- 20+ Hours of Instruction -- Regular Price $399.

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All future updates are included in this one time fee - The course is updated annually at no additional charge to students





Preparing personal tax returns can seem pretty complicated. And, to be honest, Canadian Tax definitely can be. But, did you know that if you study & learn about 20% of Canadian tax law, you will be able to prepare about 80% of personal tax returns? Most Canadians have relatively simple tax matters. With the help of the Canadian Tax Academy, you will be able to complete your own tax returns, or the tax returns for your family or tax clients, with ease.

You will learn everything you need to know to prepare the majority of tax returns you will come across.

In this course, you will be able to look over the shoulder of a professional CPA CGA with over 20 years of tax preparation experience, and thousands of tax returns under his belt. Better yet, he will provide you with the practical, real-world examples and issues that you will encounter in your everyday life and practice.

Leverage your tax theory, with hands-on experience. The best part of all is that there are …

NO assignments, NO tests, NO quizzes. Take this course to learn AT YOUR OWN PACE. The Canadian Tax Academy Beginner Tax Preparation Course is designed for those people who want to learn about personal taxes but don’t want the burden of having to attend in class lectures. At Canadian Tax Academy you can learn at your own pace and log on anytime you like. Once you purchase a course, you will have lifetime access to the material. It's not only a current course, it's a lifetime tax resource.

… also of huge benefit to you is …

The course is taught to you in bite sized tutorials. Watch the course in its entirety or only those tutorials that apply to your situation or your client.. If things change in the future, just come back, log in and study the content that you need to know for your new situation. It’s dead easy to find the tutorials that relate to what you’re looking for.

So whether you want to learn about tax to minimize your tax liabilities and save a few bucks for your family, or if you want to begin your journey in the rewarding field of personal income tax preparation, then you have come to the right place.


  • How the Canadian Tax System is set up and how it works
  • Detailed tutorials about all the forms and schedules on the T1 tax return and how to fill them out
  • Thorough explanation of all the T-slips that you will receive along with how to report them properly
  • How to claim and report the different types of income: Employment, Investment, Rental & Retirement
  • A FULL unit on Business income which you normally have to pay for separately with other tax courses
  • Tutorials and instruction on all of the major tax deductions and tax credits
  • Plus much more


This course was developed with a number of students and professionals in mind:

1. The CPA Student – If you are a student in tax and accounting and working towards your CPA designation, then this course is intended to fill in the gap between the tedious theory and the real world . You’ll quickly come to realize when you get into the work world that they are vastly different. This course helps you become job ready so that you’ll be able to impress those managers and partners at the firm you work at by hitting the ground running with personal T1 returns. Think of this as the missing Accounting Firm manual that they don’t “put in the box”.

2. The Professional Looking To Get Into Public Practice or Tax Preparation – If you are already a professional and perhaps looking to change your career and start preparing tax returns, then this course will serve as a good refresher and provide necessary guidance and skill to make the jump.

3. The Bookkeeper Looking To Build Their Business – If you are a bookkeeper, you already have your hand on the pulse of your clients. You probably deal with a number of accountants on year-end personal tax planning and work. Why not build your own “T1 Chops” and either do the returns yourself, or at the very least be able to keep up with those accountants and know what’s going on?

4. Accounting Firms Looking For T1 Training Options – Do you run or manage an accounting firm and find it hard to find time to train that new and fresh T1 staff? Well, look no further as this course can take care of that for you. 24/7 access to all the course tutorials so your staff can find answers to questions easily without having to eat up senior staff time.

5. Professionals looking for verifiable CPD hours - The courses at Canadian Tax Academy are verifiable hours for CPD reporting purposes. Upon completion of a course, you may request a certificate. The certificate will be emailed to you once we have verified that you have watched all the tutorials

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. There are no physical classes to attend and you can access the content at any time. If you ever forget a concept or just want a refresher, all you have to do is log in and click on the tutorials to watch them again!
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund. No questions asked. However, if a certificate of completion is requested and granted, refunds will not be issued even if it is within the 30 days period. (i.e. you cannot complete the course, be granted professional CPD hours and then request a refund).
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. Once you register for this course, you will have lifetime access to all the content including all future updates at no additional cost to you.
How often is the course updated?
The course is updated on an annual basis to keep up with changing tax legislation. I also update the course with any new budget information that is important to the course content throughout the year when applicable. Once you sign up for the course, you will have permanent access to all the tutorials, including updates. Updates are posted by the end of January each year for the current year's T1 tax season.
How is the course taught?
The course is presented though a series of bite-sized tutorials. This allows students to do 2 things. First, they can learn the concepts at their own pace. Second, they can come back and easily find a tutorial when they need a refresher. This also allows the instructor to easily update the course when there are changes.
Are there any tests, quizzes or exams?
No. This is not a certification course. It is for your own self-development and will be a valuable asset in your tax aresenal not only now, but in the future as well. There are no tests or exams to pass.
Is this course eligible for PD credits? Do you issue certificates?
Yes, a certificate of completion can be requested once you complete the course. Once we verify that you have actually watched the tutorial videos in our system, we will issue the certificate via email for your records.

Course Curriculum

  Tax Forms & Information Slips
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  Employment Income & Deductions
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  Investment Income & Deductions
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  Rental Income
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  Tax Credits
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  Business Income
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Your Instructor

Ian DiNovo, CPA, CGA
Ian DiNovo, CPA, CGA

Ian DINovo is a professional accountant and Director of the Canadian Tax Academy. He has been practicing accounting and offering independent financial and business advice for over 20 years.

He is the creator of a number of courses dealing with business, tax and investment matters that are designed to make difficult topics easy to understand for everyone.

"This course serves as an excellent introduction to Canadian taxes. The lectures are interesting and give a broad overview of the basics. I am very glad this course is available and would highly recommend it!"

- Skyla Tennyson

"This was one of the best, and most informative ways for me to learn about taxes. I pretty much knew nothing and just let accountaint handle everything but I feel so much better after knowing how it all works. It is a VERY comprehensive course! Ian covers everything but also provides real world context with examples that really helped me solidify the content. Great course!!!"

- Kirk Quesnelle

"I am really happy to have found your course on Canadian income tax preparation. I have been looking for an online course like this for a very long time and this is the best course I seen so far.

The thing I like most about the cause is that it’s always available once you sign up, As a tax preparer there is so much to remember and retain in tax preparation and so I keep coming back for refreshers all the time. This course has provided me with lots of answers to specific question I had.

If anyone wishes to become a tax preparer I will recommend this course highly, the course is designed to make clear the concepts of tax preparation and the examples will make you retain the concepts and use them later. All of my college and university courses emphasize on theoretical aspects of taxation, resulting in many practical questions unanswered.

This course covers more of the application of tax laws than theory and will teach you how to prepare a tax returns completely and accurately"

- Thomas Joseph, President,

This is a great course. I didn't know much about personal tax and never got into researching it. This course has given me a great base and honestly a good working knowledge. It has valuable information, updated with changes and new information. I have even gotten to file peoples Taxes from this course and by doing additional readings. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn or if one wants to get themselves into the personal tax filing business. The biggest differentiater is: you get a year round access to a professional for advice. There is no comparative to that. Thank you so much Ian . Much appreciated.

- Jahanzeb Sheikh

"This was an excellent course, I am a Bookkeeper and just wanted to learn the Basics of Tax Preparation, Well it was exactly what I was looking for and a lot more, The Instructor Ian, is an excellent teacher, lot of information and detail, any one interested in learning about Income Tax Preparation needs to take this course. All I can say is Excellent Course !!"

- Susan Martin

Covers every area you need to know, explanation is excellent, presentation is excellent. Just great all around

- Addy Alade

Very comprehensive. The material is well organized. Each lecture builds on the previous and expands its application. He patiently provides examples in every situation necessary for bringing clarity and understanding to the subject at hand. On concluding all of the presentations one should definitely be able to confidently complete a T1 Return accurately with all of the required schedules. In addition, he continually emphasizes the importance of having the required documentation in complying with the CRA.

- Glendon Robinson

This course is amazing. It increased my knowledge of the Canadian tax system. The instructor is very helpful. When I do start doing taxes for my clients I believe Ian's voice will be stuck in my head. He is also willing to answer any questions you may have. I am going to buy the next course called Best Practices. Thank you Ian and this helped me to save a lot of money.

- Toluwalope Dare

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