Payroll Accounting and Tax Administration Diploma

Credential: Diploma

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Maintaining clear and precise financial records is as important for any organization as it is for an individual. As an accounting, tax, and payroll administrator, you will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of employment prospects across diverse fields, such as bookkeeping, financial accounting, payroll management, and personal income tax preparation. Within our comprehensive program, you will study essential subjects, including financial and managerial accounting, utilization of accounting software, communication in a business environment, efficient payroll management, and proficient personal income tax preparation. Engaging in an array of courses, you will embark on a transformative educational journey, honing your financial management expertise.

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About This Program

Make a seamless transition to post-secondary education by learning these essential study skills. This course will help you to identify your unique learning approach, establish effective learning objectives, and develop efficient techniques for notetaking and exam preparation.

Get valuable insights into your learning style, allowing you to tailor your study methods accordingly. By understanding how you absorb and retain information, you can optimize your learning experience and maximize your academic potential.

Set clear and attainable learning objectives and formulate actionable goals that align with your educational aspirations, ensuring that you stay on track and make steady progress toward your desired outcomes.

Learn effective notetaking skills, organize and retain key information and learn proven techniques to capture important concepts, create meaningful summaries, and develop a systematic approach to organizing your notes.

Successfully take exams with confidence through effective preparation techniques, including efficient study schedules, memorization methods, and strategies for managing test anxiety.

What will you learn:

  • Time management.
  • Effective notetaking.
  • How to prepare and take tests.

The world’s most popular word processing platform for both Windows and Macintosh computers, it is vital you know and understand how to use this program to secure any office position. Here you will learn to format and manipulate Word documents through a practical, hands-on approach.

What will you learn:

  • Inserting page numbers, reusable building blocks and hyperlinks.
  • How to use researcher and clipboard.
  • Using field documents.
  • Recording, saving, editing and running macro automated tasks.

Microsoft’s email platform, Outlook is commonly found in offices around the world. Students will learn to use the program’s file management system, and how to edit text, format and print files received as part of incoming mail. These are some of the most common and most used functions of Outlook, ones used daily in an office environment.

What will you learn:

  • Setting up new email accounts.
  • Assigning categories to tag, label and group messages.
  • Use tracking options for messages.
  • Set up automatic replies.

Using a hands-on approach, students will learn the intricacies of creating a functional spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel. Learning through doing by employing skill-based simulations creates a working understanding of the platform’s complexity while teaching its core features. You will learn to input and format data and then create the formulas to shape that data into usable information. With the data housed within the spreadsheet you make; you will also learn to create a variety of different charts and graphs to best illustrate your findings. Like Word and Outlook, knowing how to use Excel is vital to securing a position in an office environment.

What will you learn:

  • Calculate totals using the quick analysis tool.
  • Build, edit and run queries.
  • Filter and sort data using auto fillers and slicers.
  • Adding, changing and forecasting values using Trendlines.

This section teaches you to master the art of delivering impactful and polished oral presentations. Students get proper training in effective speaking techniques, giving them the skills needed to excel. Throughout the course, you’ll delve into the key elements of successful presentations, covering essential aspects from pre-presentation preparation to on-stage delivery and post-speech follow-up. Our curriculum also places significant emphasis on crafting visually captivating aids that perfectly complement your verbal prowess. Enroll now to become a confident and persuasive presenter.

What will you learn:

  • Effective listening.
  • Researching speech in the digital age.
  • Select a topic and organize your points.
  • Use of presentation aids and how to deliver a speech.

Navigating the digital business world can be quite a task, with new developments surfacing frequently. Nonetheless, there are fundamental principles that remain constant and play a vital role in achieving productive outcomes. Develop key abilities such as proficient project management, effective networking, and implementing sound marketplace practices such as product trading and efficient daily operations management.

What You Will Learn:

  • Business, product, and profit are basic concepts that are essential to any business endeavour.
  • International business can face barriers in the areas of economics, law, politics, society, culture, and technology.
  • If you’re considering starting your own business, it’s important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of sole proprietorship.
  • Small businesses are impacted by demographic, technological, and economic trends, so it’s important to stay informed about what’s happening in these areas.

This course is designed to help you improve your conduct in the workplace and be more productive. You’ll learn how your behaviour at work can affect not just yourself but also your colleagues, teams, and other groups you may interact with. We’ll cover various types of communication, cultural and personal differences, office politics, and the advantages of healthy communication in the workplace. This course is perfect for students who want to enhance their professional skills.

What You Will Learn:

  • Demonstrate objective knowledge and skill development.
  • Identify how biases create barriers to social perception.
  • Explain the difference between needs theories and process theories of motivation.
  • Explain how organizations can improve the quality of decisions through participation.

This course is designed to help students communicate effectively in today’s fast-paced work environment. It covers a variety of topics that are essential for successful communication, including written communication skills, verbal communication techniques, and effective ways to handle specific workplace communication situations. By taking this course, students can learn to express themselves clearly, concisely, and persuasively in writing, such as in emails, reports, and memos. You will also discover the art of active listening and effective verbal communication to ensure that messages are received and understood accurately. Additionally, the course covers strategies for addressing communication barriers, conflict resolution, and negotiating skills in the workplace. Moreover, the course provides insight into designing effective business presentations that convey ideas, persuade audiences, and achieve desired outcomes. Students learn to craft compelling visual aids, engage the audience through storytelling, and tailor the message to different audiences.

What You Will Learn:

  • The factors that impact an organization’s communication levels and methods.
  • The four principles of document design, and how they contribute to creating effective documents.
  • How can you craft direct, organized, and positive responses to inquiries?
  • Strategies for crafting compelling sales messages that utilize visual elements, persuasive appeals, and effective calls to action.

This course covers various essential topics such as financial statement preparation, income statements, balance sheets, and short and long-term assets and liabilities. Furthermore, the course focuses on providing a profound understanding of shareholders’ equity, all within the framework of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Through the use of an academic voice, the course strives to instill a solid foundation in accounting principles, equipping with the expertise and precision necessary to navigate the complexities of financial accounting.

What will you learn:

  • Explore the significance, applications, ethical considerations, and societal obligations associated with accounting, while also gaining proficiency in discerning the content and objectives of financial statements.
  • Illustrate the accounting cycle, comprehensively defining accounts, their purpose, and their correlation to the ledger. Elucidate the concepts of debits and credits, elucidating the impact of transactions and methods for recording them, in addition to proficiently constructing both trial and adjusted trial balances.
  • Prepare and elucidate adjusting entries for prepaid expenses, depreciation, unearned revenues, accrued expenses, and accrued revenues, fostering a comprehensive understanding of their implications and effects on financial statements.
  • Compute the current ratio and debt-to-equity ratios, shedding light on their implications for a company’s financial state, while concurrently explaining the insights they provide into its overall financial condition.

The advanced course, a vital component of the diploma program in accounting and payroll, imparts students with a comprehensive grasp of the principles and practices underpinning financial accounting. Within this academic endeavour, the curriculum delves into an array of critical subject matters, including the meticulous preparation of financial statements, the intricate nuances of income statements and balance sheets, as well as the intricate management of short and long-term assets and liabilities. Furthermore, the course delves into the intricate realm of shareholders’ equity, all within the purview of the esteemed Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). By adopting an academic tone, this course aspires to cultivate a profound understanding of accounting principles, empowering students to navigate the multifaceted realm of financial accounting with discernment and scholarly prowess.

What will you learn:

  • Scrutinize and document the diverse constituents of a merchandising company, encompassing transactions, income, gross income, and other pertinent elements, while also discerning the distinctions between PST, HST, and GST.
  • Compute the cost of goods sold and merchandise inventory through the implementation of FIFO-periodic, weighted average, and specific identification methodologies, alongside an in-depth comprehension of internal control principles and their practical application.
  • Elucidate the nature and recording of accounts receivable, including their occurrence and appropriate documentation, as well as the employment of the allowance method, turnover ratios, and days’ sales uncollected metrics.
  • Explicate, record, and calculate depreciation, employing a spectrum of methodologies, such as straight-line, units-of-production, double-declining-balance, depreciation for partial years, revised depreciation, and impairment losses, thus facilitating a comprehensive understanding of these concepts.

The course offered within the online diploma program in accounting and payroll aims to facilitate a seamless transition for students from traditional manual bookkeeping practices to the realm of computerized accounting programs and processes. Employing a practical, experiential approach, this course engages students in immersive hands-on activities, enabling them to proficiently configure and input crucial financial data, encompassing income and expense information, client and supplier records, invoicing procedures, as well as payment transactions.

What will you learn:

  • Have a strong grasp on how QuickBooks can be practically applied in various work settings and consistently maintain up-to-date knowledge of the software.
  • Generate both detailed and summarized reports using QuickBooks, effectively capturing and presenting pertinent financial information.
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of how credit purchases influence and impact the generation of reports within the QuickBooks platform.
  • Develop proficiency in preparing accurate General Journal entries utilizing the features and functionalities provided by QuickBooks.

The academic curriculum will encompass a comprehensive exploration of the legislative framework and procedural aspects relevant to income tax preparation and submission. Students will gain a profound understanding of the Income Tax Act, its intricacies, and the imperative need to comply with its stipulations. Furthermore, this course will equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to discern various categories of income, evaluate capital gains and losses, recognize allowable deductions and their limitations, and effectively execute the process of tax return filing.

What will you learn:

  • Provide an overview of the differing perspectives on income as espoused by economists and accountants, offering a general understanding of these viewpoints.
  • Thoroughly elucidate the criteria that necessitate individuals to fulfill their obligation of filing an income tax return while exploring the various available methods of filing.
  • Investigate the integral role of accounting within the realm of income tax, comprehensively explaining the fundamental principles and concepts underlying employment income.
  • Delineate the distinction between refundable and non-refundable tax credits, examining their respective characteristics and implications within the context of income tax calculations.

In this academic course, students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the legislative framework and procedural aspects regarding the preparation and submission of income tax. Emphasis will be placed on an in-depth comprehension of the provisions outlined in the Income Tax Act, ensuring strict adherence to its specific requirements. Furthermore, students will receive detailed instruction on effectively identifying various forms of income, analyzing capital gains and losses, evaluating permissible deductions and their limitations, and completing the process of tax return submission.

What will you learn:

  • Differentiate between capital expenditures and expenditures on income accounts, elucidating the fundamental distinctions between the two categories.
  • Articulate the general principles governing the inclusion of specific elements in business income, providing a comprehensive understanding of the requirements involved.
  • Explain the concept of change-in-use, providing a personal interpretation of its purpose and implications. Calculate the capital gain or loss resulting from a change in the use of capital property.
  • Analyze the various approaches to applying transaction-based sales taxes, with a particular focus on the methodology employed by the Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) system.

The academic curriculum of the payroll course aims to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of payroll legislation in Canada, encompassing the essential framework for ensuring accurate employee compensation and facilitating timely remittances to the Canada Revenue Agency. Key topics to be covered include the foundational principles of payroll, precise calculation of deductions, legislative compliance and adherence, effective communication of precise payroll information, as well as the establishment of policies and procedures crucial for informed business decision-making.

What will you learn:

  • Analyze and comprehend the influence exerted by labour and employment standards on the calculation of payroll, recognizing the significance of these regulations in determining employee compensation.
  • Evaluate and ascertain the appropriate amount to be deducted from employees’ earnings by court orders, thereby ensuring compliance with legal obligations.
  • Differentiate between an organization serving as an employer versus engaging in contracted services, thereby establishing a clear understanding of the nature of employment relationships.
  • Articulate the mandatory registration requirements imposed on employers, comprehensively outlining the essential procedures and formalities involved in the registration process.

This academic course on payroll will furnish students with a comprehensive comprehension of payroll legislation prevailing in Canada. It will encompass the establishment of a framework for precisely remunerating employees and facilitating the submission of employer and employee remittances to the Canada Revenue Agency. The course will delve into various topics, including the foundational aspects of payroll, calculations about deductions, adherence to legislative provisions and compliance, effective communication of accurate payroll information, and the formulation of policies and procedures essential for facilitating informed business decision-making.

What will you learn:

  • Comprehend the fundamental concepts associated with remitting employee withholdings to the appropriate third parties, ensuring accurate and timely payments.
  • Explain the various forms of compensation that employees may be eligible for in the event of employment termination, encompassing the legal entitlements and considerations involved.
  • Identify and evaluate four distinct approaches to computerized payroll systems, highlighting their respective functionalities, advantages, and limitations.
  • Explain the specific timeframes mandated for reporting to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and Employer Health Tax, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the prescribed reporting periods.

Managerial accounting, commonly referred to as cost accounting, encompasses a comprehensive set of activities aimed at identifying, quantifying, analyzing, interpreting, and effectively communicating financial and operational information to managers within a business context. This discipline plays a crucial role in assessing and monitoring the performance of an organization. Within the purview of this course, students will delve into a range of pertinent topics including budgeting, analysis of profit and loss, as well as the intricacies of production and inventory costing. These areas of study contribute to a holistic understanding of the managerial accounting framework and its practical application in contemporary business environments.

What will you learn:

  • Comprehend the significant impact of globalization and the lean business model on managerial accounting, recognizing how these factors shape decision-making processes within organizations.
  • Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the relevant costing approach and its application in facilitating effective decision-making, allowing for the evaluation of costs and benefits associated with various alternatives.
  • Develop a foundational knowledge of the core principles and concepts that underpin managerial accounting, ensuring a solid grasp of the fundamental elements within this discipline.
  • Gain proficiency in preparing financial statements in diverse formats, enabling effective communication of financial information through different presentation styles and structures.

Show employers why you are the perfect candidate for the job. This course provides students with the tools needed to secure their dream job. Learn why communication is your most important factor before starting a job search. Get detailed instructions on planning, writing, and completing a resume that employers will read. Search the job market with confidence and find the right position that meet your skills, interests, and career goals.

As well, learn skills needed for the interview process that leave a lasting impression on potential employers. Present yourself confidently, speak with ease to interviewers, and confidently show the strengths and qualifications you bring to the job. Using interactive exercises, practice your skills and get tips on how to develop a strong, online presence. In the end, students will have the communication skills necessary to succeed in the job market and confidently take on the job application process.

What You Will Learn:

  • Creating a strong resume and LinkedIn profile.
  • The AIDA (Awareness, Interest, Desire, and Action) approach to cover letters.
  • The sequence of job interviews.
  • Preparation for a job interview.

Program Objectives:

The objectives of this program are to equip students with the technical expertise and office management skills necessary for a successful career in Accounting, Tax, and Payroll (ATP) positions. Students will gain a deep understanding of financial and managerial accounting, payroll management, personal income tax preparation, and utilization of accounting software. Through hands-on learning experiences, students will develop practical knowledge and skills to excel in a multifaceted profession and communicate effectively in a business environment. Led by industry-experienced instructors, this program aims to provide a transformative educational journey that hones students’ financial management expertise.


All diploma courses have different grading systems. For most, it is a combination of homework, assignments, quizzes and exams.  Some course grading is 100% based on assignments or exams.

  • Homework and Assignments – 40%
  • Review Quizzes – 30%
    These will test your comprehension of course materials following each section of the course.
  • Knowledge Assessments – 30%
    An overall assessment of the course material, may consist of one or more exams.
Average Duration

38 weeks at 20 hours per week.


All courses are taught in English.

Canadian Application

Apply your new knowledge and skills to a career in Canada.

Textbook Included

World-class textbooks are available with no extra cost.

Transfer Credits

Module and MicroDiploma credits you have completed can be put towards a Diploma.

Program Textbooks

Below is a selection of textbooks students will use when taking this course. Our textbooks are painstakingly selected for their industry-standard content and authors who are considered leaders in their respective fields. 

Fundamental Accounting Principles

Fundamental Accounting Principles is highly regarded for its student-centred content, strong teaching methods, and innovative technology. Author Kermit Larson emphasizes student success at its core, streamlining complex accounting processes and helping students build confidence by mastering key concepts and procedures. Canadian authors Heidi Dieckmann and John Harris present accounting principles concepts in a clear, relevant, and technically accurate manner. Developed based on evolving market needs, Larson supports both accounting and non-accounting students to be career ready.


Kermit Larson: The Arthur Andersen & Co. Alumni Professor of Accounting Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin. He served as chair of the University of Texas, Department of Accounting, and was visiting associate professor at Tulane University. His scholarly articles have been published in a variety of journals, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accountancy, and Abacus. He is the author of several books, including Financial Accounting and Fundamentals of Financial and Managerial Accounting, both published by Irwin/McGraw-Hill. Professor Larson is a member of the American Accounting Association, the Texas Society of CPAs, and the American Institute of CPAs

Canadian Tax Principles

Consistent with the title of this textbook, the objective is to instill a solid understanding of the basics of income tax and GST/HST through an appreciation of the tax principles, concepts, and unique vocabulary that make up the framework upon which the Canadian tax system has been built. This level of understanding is not solely directed at a theoretical or academic level; considerable emphasis is placed on practical everyday situations in preparation for careers where an understanding of tax in some form will be helpful at a minimum and essential at best.


Gary Donell: A senior advanced tax trainer with the Canada Revenue Agency, Donell did a technical review of significant portions of the text and problems. His suggestions contributed greatly to the accuracy and clarity of the material. In addition, he was responsible for writing much of the Chapter 18 material on partnerships and the Chapter 20 material on international taxation. Mr. Donell has undertaken this work independently of his employment with the CRA.

An Introduction to Payroll Administration

A key requirement for payroll administrators is to ensure that payments to employees are compliant with all government laws and regulations as well as meeting contractual obligations with workers, unions, benefit providers and any other stakeholders in the process. Over the last year, there have been substantial changes implemented by the federal and many provincial governments which impact payroll administration directly. Dryden's An Introduction to Payroll Administration provides a practical and current resource for Canadian students studying to be Human Resource professionals, Accountants and Bookkeepers. A wealth of examples and demonstrations integrated throughout the chapter material enable students to become familiar with payroll concepts and develop basic skills in calculations.


Alan Dryden: A dynamic professor who teaches business, accounting, human resources, and payroll-related courses at post-secondary schools in the Toronto area. His academic qualifications are demonstrated through the attainment of professional designations in accounting, payroll, and administration. These are complemented with a Master of Business Administration degree from Western University. Before transitioning to full-time teaching, Alan spent many years in the industry in accounting and general management positions, including being a successful entrepreneur. Throughout his career, he was responsible for payroll administration either directly or by managing payroll staff in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Build Job-ready Skills To Succeed in Canada

Take advantage of an increasing job market in Canada.


Job Postings


Average salary

Job Opportunities

Accounting Clerk
Accounts Payable Clerk
Accounts Receivable Clerk
Payroll Clerk
CAD $45,000
CAD $45,000
CAD $44,000
CAD $44,000
CAD $44,000


These statistics are from and
from February, 2023 and may not represent
current employment numbers.

Skills You Will Gain

  • Calculations

  • Spreadsheets

  • Accounting

  • Management

  • Analytics

  • Communication

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Payroll Accounting and Tax Administration Diploma


All Taxes and Fees Included

Exclusive Benefits of a Canada North College Diploma

Affordability: Compared to other Canadian online and in-person colleges, we offer the same high-quality education at lower prices.

Top Learning Materials: We use the best textbooks and learning platforms available, written and recognized by industry experts.

Industry-experienced Instructors: Our faculty members come from the course industry and are up to date on the latest trends and techniques.

World-Class Skills: Canadian post-secondary education is recognized the world over for its excellence in preparing students to enter the global job market.

Cost Effective: Because we are online, there is no need to obtain a student visa or incur the financial or emotional costs associated with relocating to Canada for your studies.

Career-Focused Knowledge: Graduate prepared to enter the job market that corresponds to your field of study and ready to meet employer needs.


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Everything depends on your experience, location, industry, and the job market itself. According to salary data from PayScale, the average salary for a Payroll Administrator in the United States is around $50,000 per year, starting at $35,000 per year for entry-level positions. The average salary for a Junior Accountant in the United States is around $45,000 per year, starting at $30,000 per year for entry-level positions.

All commerce programs are highly sought-after credentials as so many jobs require business skills. Most companies have a core of management, human resources, marketing, finance, and accounting personnel. With an Account, Tax, & Payroll diploma, you can join the ranks of this industry by earning essential knowledge and skills in finance and accounting.

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Diplomas focus on a distinct discipline and are intended to give students a practical education to develop greater knowledge. Graduates of Diploma Programs have proven themselves to be capable individuals and are highly valuable to employers.

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  • MicroDiplomas are comprised of 2-4 courses.

Modules provide students with knowledge of a single subject and are an excellent way for students to try out online education and learn something new.

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