Individual Income Taxes – 1040 Workshop

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Title: Individual Income Taxes – 1040 Workshop
Category: Taxation
Field of Study: Taxes
Course Code: M302
CPE Credits: 24.0
Price: 119.95



Designed to make the practitioner comfortable with “high traffic” issues, this program enables participants to discuss and handle individual tax essentials. The course examines and explains the practical aspects of return preparation and individual planning, bridging the gap between theory and application. Significant new developments are summarized with an emphasis on tax savings ideas. Practical applications and illustrations are used to systematically explore tax deferral, reduction, and elimination opportunities accompanying return preparation. For example, the analysis of gross income is discussed together with income-splitting techniques; property transactions are examined alongside like-kind exchanges and involuntary conversions. The result is an extraordinary blend of the latest developments affecting individual returns and their related planning ideas.

Delivery Method: Online Interactive Self Study

Level: Overview

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: None

Course Details

Category: Taxation

Field of Study: Taxes

Passing Score: 70%

Technical Details: Taxation is a technical field of study for all states.

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Chapter 1 Individual Tax Elements

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify federal revenue tax sources citing the definitive role of gross income and, determine a client’s tax liability using current rates, tables, exemptions, statutory amounts, and their withholding and/or estimated tax responsibility.
  2. Specify the various filing statuses and their filing requirements recognizing the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  3. Determine what constitutes gross income under §61 stating the tax treatment of fringe benefits, rental income, prizes, and awards, and specify how debt discharge and foreclosure can result in taxable income.
  4. Identify the mechanics of income exclusions such as education-related exclusions, insurance, and personal injury awards.
  5. 5. Recognize income tax deductions and their use to reduce tax liability by identifying interest related to businesses. investments, qualified residences, and deductions for medical expenses, charitable contributions, casualty losses, and moving expenses.
  6. Determine distinctions among several types of tax credits for children and education identifying amounts and eligibility requirements.

After studying the materials in Chapter 1, answer exam questions 1 to 34.




Chapter 2                      Expenses, Deductions & Accounting

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the tax treatment of rental property expenses specifying their impact on landlords and tenants taking into consideration the tax differences given to rent, insurance, tax preparation fees, property taxes, and purchased leases.
  2. Identify the application of the hobby loss rules to a business, determine deductible expenses, recognize the requirements of the home-office deduction, and specify self-employment taxes.
  3. Determine how to properly deduct travel by identifying deductible domestic and foreign business travel expenses, a taxpayer’s tax home, if any, and work locations; specify the “away from home” and convention rules; and define the adequate substantiation methods.
  4. Differentiate accountable and nonaccountable plans including the requirements for an accountable plan particularly adequate accounting using per diem rates for non-related employees.
  5. Determine what constitutes local personal commuting and deductible travel to temporary work sites.
  6. Identify the apportionment of automobile expenses between personal and business use, the actual cost and standard mileage methods, depreciation, expensing, and the gas guzzler tax.
  7. Specify the various types of excluded fringe benefits that can increase employers’ deductions and incentive-based compensation of employees listing examples of each.
  8. Recognize the cash, accrual, and other methods of accounting, select available accounting periods specifying their impact on income and expenses and identify expensing depreciation, and amortization.

After studying the materials in Chapter 2, answer exam questions 35 to 81.


Chapter 3                      Property Transfers & Retirement Plans

Learning Objectives

  1. Specify the tax consequences on the sale of easements and the holding period and basis of inherited property.
  2. Identify the application elements of the §121 home sale exclusion specifying the ownership and use requirements.
  3. Recognize the §453 installment method requirements, the residential lot exception, and the pledging rule limitation.
  4. Identify the elements necessary for a §1038 repossession, the different rules for real property and personal property repossessions, and calculating basis and gain on repossession
  5. Specify the tax treatment of a §1033 involuntary conversion on condemnation or threat of condemnation; differentiate between condemnation awards and severance damages; and identify replacement periods needed to postpone gain.
  6. Recognize the scope of the §465 at-risk rules and their effect on property depreciation, and identify the requirements, taxation, and types of §1031 like-kind exchanges.
  7. Identify planning considerations for benefit planning and funding a qualified retirement plan; determine the compensation base used for funding calculations and the impact of PBGC insurance in assuring benefits.
  8. Identify the requirements of the basic forms of qualified pension plans permitting clients to compare and contrast such plans.
  9. Differentiate defined contribution and defined benefit plans; specify the types of defined contribution plans particularly Keogh plans and IRAs identifying their effect on retirement benefits.
  10. Identify how self-employed plans differ from qualified plans for other business types and owners; and specify the requirements of IRAs and the Roth IRAs recognizing their contribution, rollover, and RMD requirements and restrictions.
  11. Determine what constitutes SEPs and SIMPLEs recognizing the mechanics and eligibility requirements of each type of plan.

After studying the materials in Chapter 3, answer exam questions 82 to 129.


Chapter 4                      Losses, AMT & Compliance

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify how the passive loss rules limit the ability to take deductions, what transactions free disallowed losses, how suspended losses are carried forward, and when real estate professionals can escape the passive lost rules.
  2. Specify differences between the regular and alternative minimum tax recognizing the impact of tax preferences and adjustments.
  3. Identify the reporting requirements for employers, real estate transactions, independent contractors, and cash reporting.
  4. Recognize types of accuracy-related and valuation overstatement penalties including the substantial authority defense for reporting positions, and specify the IRS’s examination of returns policy and assessment process including applicable statute of limitations.

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QAS: Yes

CPA: Suitable for all CPAs

IRS: IRS credit for Enrolled Agents.

Profession Identifiers: CPA, Enrolled Agents