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Income Tax School helps tax preparers get ready for tax season

By Tracy Courage
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast Facts:

  • Statewide Learning – Five locations offered
  • Participants earn 16 IRS-approved continuing professional education hours
  • Registration online

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LITTLE ROCK— The 2020 tax deadline is still six months away, but the time is now for tax preparers to gear up for the start of the 2020 tax season.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service offers a two-day Income Tax School that provides tax preparers — and anyone else interested in advanced income tax preparation — with the latest updates in the tax code. 

This year’s instructors will be Gregory Metcalf, a longtime Internal Revenue Service employee who recently retired as a senior stakeholder liaison, and Curtis Davis, a licensed CPA with 23 years’ experience in preparing federal and Arkansas state income tax returns. Davis also has 10 years of experience teaching others to prepare income tax returns.

“We’re excited that Curtis Davis is returning and that Gregory Metcalf will be joining us,” said Kim Magee, extension community, professional and economic development tax school director for the Division of Agriculture. “Both are highly experienced and knowledgeable in tax preparation.”

The Income Tax School is approved by the IRS as a continuing education provider. Participants can earn 16 hours of continuing professional education credit, including two hours of ethics. This year’s curriculum also includes a Qualified Business Income Deduction update.

The course will be offered in five cities around Arkansas, including:

  • Jonesboro—Nov. 6-7 at the Glass Factory
  • Fayetteville—Nov. 11-12 at Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences
  • Fort Smith—Nov. 14-15 at the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
  • Hot Springs—Nov 18-19 at the Hotel Hot Springs 
  • Little Rock—Nov. 21-22 at the U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service

Registration runs from 8-8:30 a.m. on the first day of each two-day course; class begins at 8:30 a.m. each day, concluding at 4:30 p.m. A certificate of attendance will be awarded after class is dismissed on the second day. The cost of the two-day course is $275. 

Registration is online at For more information, contact Kim Magee at (501) 671-2081 or

To learn more about educational opportunities in your community, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit Follow the Cooperative Extension Service on Twitter at @uaex_edu


About the Division of Agriculture 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact the host as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 


Media Contact: Tracy Courage
Dir. of Extension Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126