Pacific Northwest Tax School Launches OpenCampus, a New Online Learning Management System, which Enhances Delivery of Tax Education Programs to CPAs, EAs and RTRPs

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Pacific Northwest Tax School is known for delivering comprehensive tax education programs that focus on tax return mechanics and development of tax preparation skills for tax professionals.

"Our goal is to provide education that enhances critical thinking and tax preparation skills while reinforcing knowledge of tax law. OpenCampus makes delivery of this kind of education possible."

Four years of design and development by a small team of dedicated tax professionals and software designers at Pacific Northwest Tax School have culminated in the release of OpenCampus an online learning management system (LMS) that delivers comprehensive educational courses and continuing education programs to tax professionals over the internet. More than 3,100 CPAs, Enrolled Agents and other tax professionals completed more than 21,000 hours of continuing education programs with the school in 2012.

OpenCampus is a robust system that caters to the learning needs of tax professionals and offers cost-effective staff training solutions to large and small tax practice firms. All courses are offered in multiple formats allowing students to choose a delivery method that suits individual preferences. A highly popular feature of the school's courses are full-length lecture videos.

Educational programs offered by the school focus on teaching students to think critically by applying concepts covered in each course to practical application on sample tax returns. Courses are updated annually to incorporate new tax laws and forms. Students can choose to receive education by attending NASBA-approved live webcasts, or work at their own pace by completing courses in an interactive self-paced format that features lecture videos, access to a Q&A forum, online assignments and the ability to self-print certificates of completion. A non-video self-study format is also offered.

"We started offering tax education courses in 2001, and observed over a period of several years that classroom students had higher exam pass rates and were more satisfied with our courses than self-study students. In 2008 we began developing a vision that would bring a classroom-like experience to students over the internet. That meant creating a system that would deliver instructor lectures, course materials, tests, and interactive feedback to students online,” said CEO April Gutierrez. “Our earliest online course offerings were delivered through subscription-based systems that were not readily adaptable to meeting the needs of our students. Even so, graduates of our first online Basic Tax Course achieved a 97% pass rate at the Oregon LTP exam that year and showed that our online self-study students could achieve even greater success than students in our classroom. OpenCampus greatly facilitates our ability to deliver quality content to our students in a flexible and user-friendly way."

Thousands of students completed courses in OpenCampus' 2012 beta release with generally very favorable reviews. Further enhancements and improvements will continue to be made to OpenCampus throughout 2013. "Our courses incorporate real-life situations we have seen in our tax offices," said Gutierrez. "Our goal is to provide education that enhances critical thinking and tax preparation skills while reinforcing knowledge of tax law. OpenCampus makes delivery of this kind of education possible."

Current course offerings include more than 100 hours of basic and continuing education in individual and business tax law. Popular continuing education programs featured in Pacific Northwest Tax School's Course Catalog include Introduction to S Corporations and LLCs, Sale of Assets, and Depreciation Made Easy. The Basic Tax Course catalog features extended-length test-preparation courses for tax professionals who are preparing for licensing exams.

Pacific Northwest Tax School offers basic and continuing education programs for CPAs, Enrolled Agents and Registered Tax Return Preparers. The school is recognized by NASBA, the IRS, CTEC, the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, the New York State Board of Public Accountancy and the Oregon Board of Tax Practitioners as an authorized provider of tax education programs. For more information, visit their website at:

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