Sources and procedures
Taxable income and tax research
Exemptions and allowances
Learn how to manage and calculate efficiently your personal taxes and for small businesses.
Income Taxation Course
This introductory income tax course goes over the fine details required for a background in the complicated world of tax policy. The main topics in this course include individual tax law, corporate tax law, the Internal Revenue Code, valuation, accounting methods, deductions and reporting periods. This is the first income tax course offered and is mandatory.
Individual Tax Course
The primary topics covered in individual income tax courses include gross income, benefits, personal and charitable deductions, classes of income, the alternative minimum tax, second homes and non-statutory principles. Most schools also offer advanced individual income tax courses.
Corporate Tax Course
In this course, students learn about the incorporation, corporate operations, liquidation, proprietorships and S-corporations, financing and capital structuring, dividends and accumulated earnings taxes. This income tax course is always part of the core requirements of any program and is taken in the first or second semester; some programs offer two or three more advanced classes in corporate income tax for those interested in this specialty.
Tax Practice and Procedure Course
In this class, students learn about the administrative details which go into properly filing tax paperwork for both individuals and businesses. Topics discussed include regulatory agencies, tax appeals, penalties and responsibilities, assessment and litigation. In addition, many professors stress that students discuss ethical decisions related to income tax filings in this course. This class is usually mandatory and is offered in the first year of an income tax course program.
Estate and Gift Planning Course
Estate and gift planning go over the laws regarding transfers of property before or after death, reporting requirements for gifts, estate taxation, planning for the elderly and terminally ill and family business regulations. This class is usually offered as an elective during the second year of an income tax studies program.
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