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Helping women build a profitable and sustainable tax preparation business!


Welcome to Upstart Tax Academy, a tax entrepreneurial training and mentorship program by Trenda Hackett, CPA in conjunction with the WebCPA Virtual Tax Clinic.

I am so delighted you have a desire to be your
own boss, obtain financial freedom, increase
your earning potential, and create generational
wealth by starting and running your own profitable tax preparation business. I am forever grateful to be afforded the opportunity to be your coach, your mentor, your teacher, your trusted advisor, your sponsor, your trainer, and your cheerleader to come alongside you and help you win!



Our program differs from traditional on-line programs where you log into pre-recorded sessions, and you are left to learn the material on your own with no one available to answer your questions. We offer live virtual training each week within a small group setting consisting of 5-10 upstarts (students in the program) where I provide live instruction and interactive classroom activities that coincide with the weekly homework assignment and practice for your weekly externship hours along with one-on-one coaching sessions each month.

No prior tax experience required!!

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What's in it for me?

Upon completion of Upstart Tax Academy, you will:

  • Increase your earning potential and be your own boss

  • Have access to your mentor/coach as you start and grow your tax preparation business

  • Know and understand basic tax laws for individuals and businesses

  • Apply tax laws in preparing individual and business tax returns manually and electronically

  • Legally establish your business (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, LLC) in the state your business is headquartered

  • Obtain your federal EIN (Employer Identification Number)

  • Obtain your PTIN (Preparer Tax Identification Number)

  • Obtain your EFIN (Electronic Filing Identification Number) 

  • Develop your vision and mission statement for your business

  • Design and publish your business website

  • Develop and implement a marketing strategy for your newly formed tax preparation business

  • Be in position and ready to start your tax preparation business and increase your income right away! 

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