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Tax Fundamentals Exam


The Exam is used to test the candidate's tax competency. The Exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and simulations. To pass the Exam, you must receive a minimum of 75% (37 out of 50 questions).

The Exam tests the following:

  • Introduction to Federal Taxation
  • Tax Research, Practice and Procedure
  • Individual Taxation - An Overview
  • Gross Income
  • Gross Income - Exclusions
  • Deductions: General Concepts and Trade or Business Deductions
  • Deductions: Business/Investment Losses and Passive Activity Losses
  • Deductions: Itemized Deductions
  • Tax Credits, Prepayments and Alternative Minimum Tax

Time to Take and Pass the Exam

You have one year from the date of purchase to take and pass the Exam. If you don't pass the Exam, you can re-take the Exam by purchasing a re-take Exam.

Schedule to Take the Exam

The Exam is taken in ATU's Online Testing Center. You can take the Exam at anytime and from anywhere with an Internet connected computer.

When you're ready to take the Exam, go to ATU's Schedule an Exam webpage and schedule the date and time you want to take the Exam. Access to the Exam will be emailed to you the business day proceeding your scheduled date and time.

Taking the Exam

The Exam is open-book and you have two hours to complete the exam.


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Nonmember $150 (Join now to receive $50 off)

I have completed the Tax Fundamentals course, OR have provided transcripts* and received approval from ATU, NACPB, or NBA of completion of an acceptable equivalent course.

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Re-examination Fee

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Nonmember $75 (Subscribe now to receive $25 off)


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