Income Tax Course - Questions and Answers
When can I register?
Registrations for the 2021 intake will be available online mid-November 2020.
When does the course commence?
Instructor Led Course Options commence the week beginning Saturday 13 February 2021.
Self Paced Learning Course access available from 15 February 2021
What's the difference between the Instructor Led courses and the Self Paced Learning Course?
That depends on your reason for registering in our course.
If you have any interest in completing the course and are looking for a new skill, a change of career or looking to reenter the workforce then the instructor led course options are definitely the way to go.
Also you don't need any previous experience in tax preparation to register into the Instructor led classes, just be good with numbers and enjoy working with people.
Each year H&R Block offers successful students from the instructor led classes to apply for work with H&R Block. Students registered in the Self-paced learning option will not have this option.
Also the instructor led options really help students consolidate their learning.
The self-paced option is really aimed to people already working in the industry who want to keep their knowledge current. Or are just interested in learning how to manage their own tax affairs.
What's in the course?
The course is designed to teach you how to prepare tax returns under the supervision of a tax agent. We take you step by step through the tax preparation process using practical examples.
What does it cost?
The cost of the course starts from $399* for the Self-paced Learning Option which includes access to the online Learning Management System, electronic resources as required and a student copy of the tax preparation software.
For just $525, you can register to enrol into weekly workshops that are led by one of our instructors
What are the payment options?
Payment can be made online with VISA, MASTERCARD & AMEX.
Is this cost of the course tax deductible?
Yes. The full cost is claimable as a tax deduction on your 2021 tax return.
What is the duration of the Instructor Led course options?
The course runs for 16 consecutive weeks
At what locations are In-Class Instructor Led courses held?
While most of the learning is available online, students registering into the in-class instructor led course are required to attend one 2.5 hour weekly workshop for 16 consecutive weeks. In-class locations will be available on our Website when registration open and will be available at many locations in both metro and regional areas of Australia.
What happens I register in a In-Class Instructor Led course and the location becomes a COVID hotspot?
While H&R Block is committed to provide a venue that meets all social distancing and sanitising requirements, in the event that any in-class group becomes an identified COVID hotspot, students will pivot for that period only, to an ONLINE delivery.
Is there a difference in the course content between Instructor Led in-class and Instructor Led online workshops?
No, the learning content is exactly the same.
Can I register for one course and then transfer into another?
Yes but only before the course commences. Once the course commences, no transfer willl be available.
What days and times are the Instructor Led weekly workshops held?
Workshops are held at various locations in both metro and regional areas of Australia, many of which offer workshop options during business hours, evenings and Saturday mornings.
I work during the day and can't get time off to attend the Instructor Led workshops
That's okay as many of our workshop locations offer evening and Saturday options
If I register in the Self Paced Learning Option will I have any support?
Yes, all SPL students will be eligible for limited support from our training team that directly relates to the course.
I am registered tax agent, would I be considered for employment with H&R Block?
Yes, we employ registered tax agents, however, you would still be required to successfully complete the H&R Block Income Tax Course.
I am a CPA, do I need to complete the course to work for H&R Block?
All H&R Block tax consultants are required to successfully complete the income tax course.
Is this course accepted by the Tax Practitioners Board towards my required 30 hours professional development as a CPA?
Yes, the hours you commit to the training course will count towards this requirement.
Will hours completing this course be recognised as CPD hours?
Yes, the hours you commit to the training course will count towards this requirement. At the completion of each module you will be able to download your certificate for attending the workshops for your records. *Eligibility of CPD hours should be checked with your professional body.
Where can I find the terms and conditions?
You can view here Terms and Conditions.
Will I be able to get a refund of the course fees if I change my mind?
Information on the refund policy is included in the Terms and Conditions. Please read these before registering for the course.
What are the job opportunities if I register for the Instructor Led Course Options?
For top graduates of the course, job interviews are available for seasonal employment with H&R Block. We are looking for people who have reasonable availability to work during the tax season (July through to October) and of course, have good communication skills. This course is recognised throughout Australia by other tax agents and accountants.
What are the job opportunities if I register for the Self Course Options?
Students registered in the Self Paced Course will not be eligible to apply for a position with H&R Block. If you are unsure of your intention when registering, we do recommend the Instructor Led Course as your preferred option.
Is H&R Block a recognised training organisation?
The H&R Block tax training courses are industry recognised but not accredited.
As an H&R Block tax consultant, what are the pay and conditions?
Tax consultants are paid at casual rates using an interpretation of the Clerks Private Sector Award. You will be paid an hourly rate and super is paid in addition to that hourly rate. Penalty rates apply if you work after hours. A bonus can also be paid at the end of the tax season. This will vary greatly depending on your speed, accuracy and availability.
If I am offered employment with H&R Block after the course, what professional development training do you provide?
At H&R Block, we invest in your career as a tax consultant. All tax consultants are required to complete our professional development training program each year.
Is the course difficult?
The course is challenging and you will need to be computer literate. If you apply yourself and do your homework and suggested studies, it will certainly be achievable for you. Attending the weekly workshops in an integral part of the course and also and keeping up to date with your reading and study.
Do I need a computer/laptop?
Yes and most of the materials are available through our LMS which is accessible on any operating system. It is important to note however, that the tax preparation software is Windows only compatible, so you will need a Windows computer/laptops/device. Apple is not supported.
If I register for the Instructor Led In-class option, do I need to bring a laptop to class?
Yes. You will need to bring your laptop to class each week. Your laptop must have a Windows operating system.
If I register for the Instructor Led In-class option, is there wifi available on-site?
While H&R Block does not provide Guest Wi-Fi on location, students wanting to access their e-book during the workshops will need to provide their own portable Wi-Fi or connect to their own personal hotspot
If I register for the Instructor Led Online option, what will I need to connect with my class each week?
You will require access to reasonable speed internet, a computer with microphone, speakers and preferably with a webcam.
Why does the course require a laptop or device that has a Windows Operating System (or is Windows compatible)?
The tax software we provide to students as part of the course is unfortunately not available to be downloaded onto Apple devices. However, access to all other online training can be accessed on any operating platform.
What are my options if I only own an Apple Mac computer?
You can still complete the course but it will be your responsibility to have your Apple computer set up to run Windows based programs. We do not offer technical support to assist students with this setup.
What if I do not own a laptop or tablet?
Unfortunately H&R Block does not supply laptops or devices to use under these circumstances. If you are not in a position to purchase one for yourself consider borrowing one from a friend for the duration of the course.
What other equipment will I need?
Students will need access to a printer at home and also to the internet with reasonable speed and reliability.
What happens if I miss a week of the Instructor Led Course?
We recommend that you do not miss any classes, but in the event that you do, it will be your responsibility to complete the online tutorials and submit your homework within the required time-frames.
What if I commence the course but can not continue? Could I get a deferment to next year?
As H&R Block can not guarantee year on year that the course will continue to run, deferment options are not available.