Comprehensive Tax Course with Business Package

60 Hours / 6 Months / Mentor Supported

Course Overview:

Learn to prepare tax returns for most Form 1040 individual, non-business taxpayers and small business taxpayers (self-employed/Schedule C). Learn how to research tax issues.

  • CTEC and OBTP Approved
  • Includes Tax Business Start-Up Guides
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Prepare most business and non-business individual tax returns
  • Perform a thorough interview with a taxpayer
  • Determine a taxpayer's filing status and eligibility for exemptions
  • Accurately report income and deductions for a taxpayer
  • Determine a taxpayer's eligibility for credits and deductions
  • Compute income for Schedules C, E and F
  • Determine depreciation deductions and eligibility for Section 179
  • Accurately calculate a taxpayer's refund or balance due
  • Advise a taxpayer in tax planning strategies

Course Outline:

Chapter 1: General Material
  • Determine who should file a return.
  • Identify what filing status the taxpayer should use.
  • Determine what IRS forms to use.
  • Identify filing requirements for most taxpayers and their dependents.
  • Determine the due dates of various tax forms.
  • Understand how to apply for an extension of time to file.
  • Differentiate various accounting periods and methods.
  • Understand the signature and identification number requirements of a paid preparer.
Chapter 2: Standard Deduction and Exemptions
  • Understand how to calculate the standard deduction.
  • Determine when to use the standard deduction.
  • Define what constitutes an exemption.
  • Identify when the taxpayer can claim an exemption.
  • Understand the support issues.
  • Understand the steps necessary to file a decedent's tax return.
  • Identify the rules for tax withholding and estimated tax payments.
Chapter 3: Income
  • Identify various types of income such as employee compensation, fringe benefits, tips, alimony, and other income.
  • Identify where to report these forms of income.
  • Determine when it is appropriate to use Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ.
  • Be aware of Form 4137, Social Security Tax on Unreported Tip Income.
Chapter 4: Interest and Dividend Income
  • Know the different types of interest income.
  • Understand the difference between taxable and nontaxable interest.
  • Identify where to report interest income.
  • Understand how to report dividend income and nontaxable distributions.
  • Understand the client interview process.
Chapter 5: Earned Income Credit
  • Identify the definition of earned income for Earned Income Credit.
  • Describe the requirements for qualifying children for Earned Income Credit purposes.
  • Realize that taxpayers without children may qualify for the Earned Income Credit.
  • Determine how to complete Schedule EIC.
  • Identify where the Earned Income Credit appears on the Forms 1040 and 1040A.
  • Understand IRS due diligence requirements.Module 1 Final Exam
Chapter 6: Tax Credits — Child Care and Others
  • Describe the qualification requirements for various tax credits (Child Tax Credit, Child Care
  • Credit, Credit for the Elderly and Disabled, the Additional Child Tax Credit and Education
  • Credits).
  • Understand the requirements for Form 2441.
  • Prepare Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses and or Schedule 2.
  • Identify Form 8863, Education Credits.
  • Understand the requirements for IRS Form 1040, Schedule R, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.
  • Identify IRS Form 8812, Additional Child Tax Credit.
Chapter 7: Retirement Income and Other Types of Income
  • Recognize retirement income, including income from pensions, annuities, Social Security, and equivalent retirement benefits. Students will learn how to “read” Forms 1099-R and SSA-1099.
  • Understand other types of income such as barter, partnership and recoveries.
  • Identify how to report rental of personal property, repayments, royalties, and income that is not taxed.
  • Determine where to report information from Forms 1099-R and SSA-1099 on the IRS Form 1040 series.
Chapter 8: Adjustments to Income
  • Understand the various adjustments to income, including Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs—Traditional and Roth) and SIMPLE IRAs.
  • Identify where to report these items on tax returns.
  • Chapter 9: Itemized Deductions
  • Determine whether standard or itemized deductions are the most advantageous for the taxpayer.
  • Identify what items qualify as taxes, and eligible interest deductions. Name eligible medical expenses.
  • Understand the limitations on itemized deductions.
  • Calculate the value of charitable contributions and understand how to complete Form 8283.
  • Describe how to report casualties and thefts and how to complete Form 4684.
Chapter 10: Electronic Filing
  • Understand the rules and regulations governing electronic filing.
  • Describe the various methods of receiving a refund through electronic filing.
  • Identify the warning signs of taxpayer fraud.
  • Understand the requirements for signing electronic returns.
  • Identify how to correct an electronic return rejected by the IRS.
Chapter 11: Employee Business Expense and Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions
  • Describe expenses that qualify as employee business expenses.
  • Differentiate between the Standard Mileage Rate and the Actual Auto Expense methods of tracking auto expenses.
  • Identify what expenses are deductible for the business use of a home.
  • Describe deductible travel expenses and deductible entertainment expenses.
Chapter 12: Education Tax Benefits
  • Identify who can claim Education Tax Credits.
  • Define what expenses qualify under the available credits.
  • Differentiate between the Hope Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit. Name adjustments to Qualified Education Expenses.
  • Recognize the MAGI phase out limits for Educational Tax Credits.
  • Compute the Student Loan Interest Deduction.
  • Identify expenses which qualify for work-related education.
Chapter 13: Capital Gains and Losses
  • Define the terminology unique to Capital Gains and Losses.
  • Identify the capital gains tax rates.
  • Describe basis of property including inherited and gifted property.
  • Compute the basis of real estate and gain or loss on sale.
Chapter 14: Depreciation and Disposition of Business Property
  • Classify the different types of property eligible for depreciation.
  • Differentiate between various depreciation methods.
  • Describe repairs and replacements affect the basis of property.
  • Define the terminology unique to depreciation transactions.
  • Compute the Section 179 Deduction.
  • Introduce the students to disposition of business property
Chapter 15: Self-Employment Income
  • Provide the definition of a sole proprietor.
  • Differentiate between an independent contractor and statutory employee.
  • Describe the requirements for deducting self-employed health insurance and retirement plan contributions.
  • Differentiate between activities qualify as a business and which ones qualify as a hobby.
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of selecting sole proprietorship as the form of business entity.
  • Differentiate between income and non income items.
  • Describe the Uniform Capitalization Rules.
  • Define the terminology unique to inventory valuation.
Chapter 16: Rental Property
  • Compile and report rental income.
  • Classify deductible rental expenses.
  • Describe examples of repairs and improvements to rental property.
  • Determine the nuances of renting vacation homes and other dwelling units.
  • Define the limits on rental and passive activity losses.
  • Describe the rules for property and how they may change if the taxpayer is a real estate professional.
Chapter 17: Farm Income
  • Emphasize the becoming an RTRP and maintaining a PTIN
  • Define the steps necessary to become an RTRP
  • Discuss tax return preparer requirements
  • Become familiar with RTRP Competency Exam Information
  • Introduce study materials necessary to become an RTRP
  • Describe paid preparer responsibilities
Chapter 18: Alternative Minimum Tax, Less Common Credits and Penalties
  • Determine which taxpayers are affected by Alternative Minimum Tax.
  • Classify who is considered an innocent spouse and who is considered an injured spouse.
  • Define various credits such as the credit for electric vehicles.
  • Describe the various civil and criminal penalties for failure to comply with income tax laws.
Chapter 19: Payments, Extensions and Amended Returns
  • Compute the “kiddie” tax.
  • Describe how to file an amended return.
  • Define the due dates for tax payments.
  • Determine the “nanny” tax.
Chapter 20: Ethics and Responsibilities of Tax Professionals
  • Describe professional responsibilities in tax return preparation.
  • Determine the actions necessary to maintain client confidentiality.
  • Identify the requirements to practice before the IRS.
Tax Business Start Up Guides:
  • Guide to Starting a Tax Business and Getting Clients:
    • Getting Started
    • Taking the Courses
    • Starting Your Own Business
    • Specifics for a Tax Business
    • How Do You Get Clients? (Includes sample marketing pieces)
    • Bootstrap Marketing Materials You'll Need
    • Meeting With Your Client
    • How to Price Your Services
    • Continuing Education
    • Client Retention
    • Becoming a Bricks and Mortar Business
  • Guide to Policies and Procedures for a Tax Business:
    • Introduction
    • Company Philosophy
    • Personnel Policies
    • Tax Office Policies and Procedures
    • Tax Preparation Procedures
    • Processing Tax Returns
    • Client Folder Setup

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **