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Agribiz: University of Georgia Cooperative Extension hosts tax schools
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University of Georgia Cooperative Extension from the College of Agriculture 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 in Gainesville on Nov. 19-20 at the Brenau Downtown Center. The training sessions will also be in Griffin on Nov. 21-22 on the UGA Griffin Campus, the Tifton Campus Conference Center 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 they can use as a reference. Instructors also will provide information on legislation passed by the 2013 General Assembly that will affect Georgia returns for both individual and business taxpayers. There will also be a briefing 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 Nov. 7. For more information, contact Kightlinger 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.

Source: Georgia FACES, Clint Thompson, News Editor, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Tifton, Ga.

Michael Wheeler is county extension coordinator for the UGA Cooperative Extension in Hall County. You can contact him at 770-535-8293, His column appears biweekly on Thursday’s Business page and at