For interested tax preparers, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service offers an income tax school.

The cost of the course is $220 and a certificate of attendance will be awarded. The two-day course provides participants with advanced income tax preparation and the latest updates in the tax code, according to a press release.

Class runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following dates in these locations: Fayetteville — Nov. 13-14 at The Chancellor Hotel; Fort Smith — Nov. 16-17 at the Fort Smith Convention Center; Jonesboro — Nov. 27-28 at the Hilton Garden Inn; Little Rock — Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the U of A Division of Agricultural Cooperative Extension Service; and Hot Springs — Dec. 4-5 at the Clarion Resort on the Lake.

The instructors are Carl Becker, who worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 28 years, and Vickie Becker, a former certified public accountant and a 30-year IRS employee.

“We are one of a limited number of face-to-face training opportunities offered in Arkansas,” said Kim Magee, extension community and economic development program associate for the Division of Agriculture. “Our coordinator and instructors not only offer instruction to the participants during the trainings, but also offer support throughout the year as needed.”

The course is also approved by the IRS as a continuing education provider. Participants can earn 16 hours of continuing professional education credit, including two hours of ethics.

Details: Casey Hill or Kim Magee, 501-671-2072, or

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.