Published on 10/17/13

UGA Cooperative Extension to host income tax courses

By Clint Thompson

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is hosting a series of income tax courses for tax return preparers.

The UGA Cooperative Extension Income Tax Schools are an approved continuing education provider for all income tax practitioners.

The 16-hour continuing education credit courses will be held at four different sites, beginning in Gainesville, Ga. on Nov. 19-20 at the Brenau Downtown Center. The training sessions will move to Griffin, Ga. on Nov. 21-22 on the UGA Griffin Campus. The Tifton Campus Conference Center will host the classes on Nov. 25-26, and the Bulloch County Agricultural Center in Statesboro will host the final classes on Dec. 4-5. Griffin is a new school location, which makes participation more convenient for tax return preparers in west Georgia.

“This program is popular because it is face-to-face education. Participants get the chance to ask questions of the people who are doing the teaching on a contemporaneous basis,” said Keith Kightlinger, a UGA Extension economist and coordinator of the UGA Cooperative Extension Income Tax Schools.

The tax school program is in its 45th year and highlights various tax-related issues,. Participants will receive a workbook and a CD that they can use as a reference. Instructors will also provide information on legislation passed by the 2013 General Assembly that will affect Georgia Income Tax returns for both individual and business taxpayers. There will also be a briefing of on how the Affordable Care Act will affect personal and business income taxes.

Kightlinger expects approximately 300 participants for all four sessions.

Registration is $190 with a late fee of $25 applied after Thursday, Nov. 7. For more information, contact Kighlinger at 229-386-3512 or by email at

Those interested can register online at

For registration information, contact the Tifton Campus Conference Office at 229-386-3416.

Clint Thompson is an agriculture writer based in Tifton, Georgia.