Courses and graduate programs in taxation provide an in-depth study of individual, corporate, partnership and estate/trust-related tax policies and issues, and stresses the development of tax research skills. Coursework emphasizes the knowledge of basic policies and procedures and application of these rules to actual cases.
California State University, East Bay operates a Tax Clinic as part of the University's academic program as an official graduate tax course. Graduate tax students are given the unique exposure to the real world practice of tax procedure. Students are assigned to consult with or represent low to intermediate income taxpayers who are under IRS/FTB audit or who are having collection difficulties, and who are those least able to afford to pay for commercial help.
In addition, the Department (in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service and the California State Franchise Tax Board) sponsors the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). The VITA Program is staffed by CSUH students from February to April and offers free income tax preparation to individuals in the community.