Commerce: Accounting, Tax, & Payroll Diploma

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Both individuals and organizations must maintain accurate and precise financial records. By pursuing a career as in accounting, specifically as a tax and payroll administrator, you will open up opportunities in various fields, including bookkeeping, financial accounting, payroll management, and personal income tax preparation. Our intensive program offers a course load that covers essential topics such as financial and managerial accounting, utilization of accounting software, effective communication in a business setting, efficient payroll management, and professional personal income tax preparation. Through this intensive program, you will engage in various disciplines that help you develop your financial management skills. Graduates are ready to take on financial management for their company or organization.

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About This Program

This program assists students in seamlessly transitioning to a post-secondary education setting and equips them with the necessary tools to succeed in the workforce. You will learn about various learning styles, effective goal-setting strategies, note-taking techniques, and successful testing methods, all of which will help you maximize your academic and professional achievements. Additionally, this program will equip you with valuable skills to enhance your learning experience and excel in your chosen career path.

What you will learn:

  • Identify what makes a successful post-secondary student
  • How to foster growth development and create goal-setting techniques
  • The advantages of notetaking during reading and mastering the skill
  • The best methods for test preparation

Outlook is a popular email program made by Microsoft that many offices use. Using this program, you can learn how to manage files, edit text, and print files you receive in your email. These are essential things to know if you work in an office and use Outlook daily.

What will you learn:

  • How to set up new email accounts
  • Assigning categories to tag, label and group messages
  • Use tracking options for messages
  • Create and set up automatic replies

Knowing how to use the most popular word processing program for both Windows and Macintosh computers is essential for getting an office job. In this course, you’ll learn how to create and edit Word documents practically, hands-only. You’ll learn about formatting and manipulating text to make your documents look professional.

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 automated macro tasks

Students will be taught how to make a helpful spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel in a practical way. Learn by doing activities that require other skills that will help them understand the software better and learn its main features. They will learn how to put in and structure data and then use formulas to make the data more meaningful. They will also learn how to create charts and graphs to show their findings.

What will you learn:

  • Use the quick analysis tool to calculate totals
  • Create, modify, and execute queries
  • Use auto fillers and slicers to filter and sort data
  • Adding, changing and forecasting values using Trendlines

This program teaches how to deliver compelling and polished oral presentations using effective speaking methods. Topics include essential strategies for preparing, delivering, and handling inquiries after presentations. Furthermore, students are trained in producing visual aids that can boost the impact of their presentations.

What You Will Learn:

  • Know the different forms of communication
  • Know the obstacles that inhibit communication
  • Recognize the importance of nonverbal communication as a powerful instrument for captivating an audience
  • Discover effective methods and approaches to deliver an engaging and persuasive presentation

Managing the digital business world can be challenging, with new developments emerging regularly. However, certain fundamental principles remain constant and are crucial to achieving productive results. Enhance your skills in project management, networking, and implementing sound marketplace practices like product trading and efficient daily operations management.

What You Will Learn:

  • The concepts of business, product, and profit essential for any business endeavour
  • How businesses may encounter obstacles related to economic factors, legal regulations, political environments, societal norms, cultural differences, and technological challenges when operating globally
  • Why before launching your own business, it’s crucial to carefully consider the pros and cons of running it as a sole proprietorship
  • Why for small businesses to succeed, they must stay current on demographic, technological, and economic trends that may affect them

Welcome to this module aimed at enhancing your workplace conduct and productivity. You will discover how your actions in the workplace can impact not only yourself but also your colleagues, teams, and other groups you interact with. It covers various topics, including communication, cultural and personal differences, office politics, and the benefits of healthy workplace communication. It’s an excellent opportunity for students looking to improve their professional skills.

What You Will Learn:

  • Demonstrate objective knowledge and skill development
  • How biases create barriers to social perception
  • The difference between needs theories and process theories of motivation
  • How decisions through participating organizations can improve the quality of service

This course teaches practical communication skills for the workplace, including written and verbal techniques, active listening, conflict resolution, negotiating, and business presentation design. Students learn to express themselves clearly and persuasively in writing, engage audiences through storytelling, and tailor messages for different audiences.

What You Will Learn:

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

This module examines crucial subjects like financial statement preparation, income statements, balance sheets, and short and long-term assets and liabilities. In addition, it emphasizes developing a thorough comprehension of shareholders’ equity within the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) framework. The purpose is to establish a firm grounding in accounting principles, providing the necessary knowledge and accuracy to navigate the intricacies of financial accounting.

What will you learn:

  • Become proficient in understanding the content and objectives of financial statements and exploring the importance, applications, ethical considerations, and societal responsibilities associated with accounting
  • Explain the accounting cycle, accounts, debits, credits, transaction recording methods, and trial balances
  • Create adjusting entries for prepaid expenses, depreciation, unearned and accrued revenues to understand their impact on financial statements
  • Calculate current and debt-to-equity ratios to understand a company’s financial state and overall financial condition

The advanced accounting and payroll course further gives students a greater understanding of financial accounting principles. Topics covered include financial statements, income statements, balance sheets, and management of assets and liabilities and shareholders’ equity under GAAP. The aim is to develop students’ accounting skills and knowledge of accounting principles.

What will you learn:

  • Analyze a company’s financial components and understand the difference between PST, HST, and GST
  • Learn how to calculate the cost of goods sold and inventory using various methods and understand internal control principles for practical application
  • Explain accounts receivable, documentation, allowance method, turnover ratios, and days’ sales uncollected
  • Calculate depreciation with different methods to better understand the concept

The Computerized Bookkeeping – QuickBooks course teaches an easy transition from manual bookkeeping to computerized accounting processes. Designed to provide practical, hands-on experience focusing on configuring and inputting financial data, you will learn income and expense information, client and supplier records, invoicing procedures, and payment transactions. Students gain proficiency in these skills through immersive activities.

What will you learn:

  • Master QuickBooks and stay current with its applications in different work environments
  • Use QuickBooks to create detailed and summarized financial reports that capture essential information
  • Learn how credit purchases affect QuickBooks reports
  • Learn how to make precise General Journal entries using QuickBooks’ tools and functions

This course provides a thorough understanding of the legislative framework and procedural aspects of income tax preparation and submission in Canada. Through an in-depth exploration of the Income Tax Act, students will gain valuable insights into its complexities and the importance of adhering to its regulations. Additionally, learn the knowledge and skills required to identify different types of income, assess capital gains and losses, determine allowable deductions and their limitations, and effectively complete the tax return filing process.

What will you learn:

  • Explain the different views on income from economists and accountants
  • Explain how to file income tax and its different ways
  • Learn about how accounting relates to income tax and understand employment income’s basic principles and concepts
  • Explain the difference between refundable and non-refundable tax credits and how they affect income tax calculations

Here, students learn about income tax preparation and submission. The module covers the Income Tax Act rules and how to follow them. Learn to identify different types of income, calculate capital gains and losses, deduct expenses, and submit their tax returns correctly.

What will you learn:

  • Explain the difference between spending money on things that generate income and those that don’t
  • Explain how to determine what should be included in business income
  • What is change-in-use, and how does it affect capital gain/loss calculations
  • Examine GST/HST’s method for transaction-based sales tax application approach

The Payroll I course provides students with a thorough grasp of Canada’s payroll laws, including the necessary structure to ensure precise employee compensation and timely remittances to the Canada Revenue Agency. The course will cover essential topics such as payroll’s foundational principles, exact deduction calculations, legislative compliance, and the clear communication of accurate payroll information. Furthermore, there is an emphasis on establishing policies and procedures for making informed business decisions.

What will you learn:

  • Understand how labour and employment standards affect payroll calculations and determine employee compensation
  • Decide the right amount to be deducted from employees’ earnings by court orders, ensuring compliance with the law
  • Understand the difference between an organization that hires employees and provides contracted services to understand employment relationships clearly
  • Provide a detailed explanation of the steps and paperwork involved in employer registration, including any requirements that must be fulfilled

This advanced course provides a greater understanding of Canadian payroll regulations. It covers establishing a system for accurately compensating employees and submitting remittances to the Canada Revenue Agency. Subjects covered include a range of topics such as payroll basics, deduction calculations, compliance with laws and regulations, clear communication of payroll information, and developing policies and procedures to support informed business decision-making.

What will you learn:

  • Understand how to accurately send employee withholdings to the right third parties on time
  • What compensation can employees receive after losing their job, and what legal factors are involved
  • Examine four different ways to use computers for payroll. Look at what each one can do, what’s good about it, and what’s not as good
  • Discuss the importance of reporting to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and Employer Health Tax within specified timeframes

In the field of business, managerial accounting, also known as cost accounting, involves a range of activities that aim to identify, quantify, analyze, interpret, and communicate financial and operational information to managers. This discipline is essential in evaluating and tracking the performance of an organization. This course covers various topics, such as budgeting, profit and loss analysis, and production and inventory costing, which provide a comprehensive understanding of the managerial accounting framework and its practical application in modern business contexts.

What will you learn:

  • Understand how globalization and lean business models affect managerial accounting and decision-making in organizations
  • Understand costing and how it helps with decision-making. Evaluate the costs and benefits of different options
  • Learn the basic principles and concepts of managerial accounting to understand its fundamentals
  • Learn to create financial statements in different styles and structures to communicate financial information effectively

In today’s job market, acquiring essential communication skills is crucial to securing employment. This course aims to help you stand out from the competition by teaching you how to find and seize job opportunities. You will learn how to plan and write an impressive resume that catches employers’ attention, navigate the job market, and develop practical oral communication skills to increase your chances of landing your dream position.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to build a strong resume and LinkedIn profile
  • The AIDA (Awareness, Interest, Desire, and Action) style for cover letters
  • The steps involved with job interviews
  • How to properly prepare for a job interview

Put your accrued knowledge to the test in this hands-on project that will simulate real-life situations you will encounter professionally. This is an excellent opportunity to earn practical experience for your resume and get a feel for your future employment.

Program Objectives:

This program will empower students with the technical know-how and office management skills required to excel in Accounting, Tax, and Payroll (ATP) positions. By delving deep into financial and managerial accounting, payroll management, personal income tax preparation, and using accounting software, students will understand the multifaceted profession at the professional level. Hands-on learning experiences will enable them to develop practical knowledge and skills that will help them thrive in a business environment. With industry-experienced instructors leading the way, this program offers a transformative educational journey to sharpen students’ financial management expertise. Graduates will be ready better to understand their company or organization’s financial status.


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. 

  • 40% Homework – Review each chapter covered.
  • 30% Quizzes – These will test your comprehension of the course material. One quiz for each chapter covered.
  • 30% Final Exams – One exam at the course mid-point, one after the course
Average Duration

43 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 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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Commerce: Accounting, Tax, & Payroll Diploma


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Exclusive Benefits of a Sundance College Diploma

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Recognized Canadian Education
By completing this course, you will earn recognized Canadian educational credentials in this subject. Canadian post-secondary institutions are considered some of the best and most affordable academic institutions in the world.

Priority Support
All Sundance College students have access to priority technical support with regards to their online learning. 

Credits Transfer to all Sundance Colleges within Canada
All module credits are transferable. They may be used to complete all applicable Sundance College Diploma Programs.

Shareable Certificate upon completion
You can share your module on your LinkedIn profile, on printed resumes, CVs, or other documents.


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