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This chapter discusses how to calculate the qualified business income (QBI) deduction for proprietorships, partners in partnerships, and S corporation shareholders. This chapter contains comprehensive examples of the income that qualifies for the deduction, and two limitations on the deduction: the taxable income limit and the W-2 wage and capital limit. This chapter also explains when trades or businesses can be aggregated, how to net and carryover QBI losses, and how pass-through entities must allocate and report QBI items.

This chapter defines a specified service trade or business (SSTB) and it explains how to calculate the SSTB limitation on the QBI deduction. It includes detailed examples of the SSTB limitation for a taxpayer with taxable income below, above, and within the phasein range. This chapter also covers the de minimis rule that allows a business to have a small amount of specified service activity, and an anti-abuse rule that prohibits certain business arrangements that avoid the SSTB limitation.

This chapter discusses important issues that help tax practitioners comply with their ethical obligations. Topics include the following:

• Initiating, maintaining, and terminating representation of a client with diminished capacity

• Validity and scope of a power of attorney, and when to revoke an IRS power of attorney

• Due diligence under the centralized partnership audit regime; large, suspicious, or unusual items on a tax return; and due diligence for social media and email marketing

• Ten case studies that illustrate real-life ethical scenarios

This chapter reviews important tax issues for LLCs, including the choice of entity rules, husband and wife LLCs, allocation of profit and loss, calculate of inside and outside basis, and basis elections upon the death of a member or the sale of an LLC interest. This chapter also discusses LLC compensation issues; and the tax implication of conversion of a single-member LLC to a multi-member LLC (and vice versa).

This chapter provides a comprehensive discussion of tax issues that arise for religious organizations, their service providers, and their members. It explains the requirements for tax-exempt status, unrelated business taxable income, taxation of compensation paid to employees and contractors, and IRS audits of religious organizations. It also explains some unique tax issues for Amish and Mennonite members.

This chapter discusses some of the issues that tax practitioners encounter when they prepare returns for clients who operate a business. Topics include the following:

    • Travel and transportation expenses

    • The business interest limitation

    • The excess business loss disallowance rule

    • Taxation of health care plans for small businesses

This chapter covers a broad range of tax issues for the real estate investor, including short-term rentals, the passive activity loss limits, the QBI deduction for real estate activities, and investing in opportunity zones. It also explains the ramifications of a disposition of real estate, including capital gains and losses, depreciation recapture, and installment sales. Finally, this chapter discusses important information for the real estate owner, including the deduction for business use of the home, and the exclusion of gain on the sale of a principal residence.

US persons with foreign income or assets may have reporting and disclosure requirements. Penalties for failure to comply are high. This chapter gives an overview of the more common reporting and disclosure requirements. It also covers the new foreign tax laws and the withholding rules that apply to a non-US person who is selling US real property.

This chapter covers several issues tax practitioners encounter when preparing individual income tax returns, including:

    • The charitable contribution deduction and the limits on the deduction

    • Tax credits, such as the earned income credit, the child tax credit, and the     credit for other dependents

    • Taxation of the earned and unearned income of children

    • Gambling income and losses

  • This chapter covers investment and retirement tax planning issues
  • including:
  • • Virtual currency
  • • Annuities and life insurance
  • • Retirement planning for small businesses
  • • Stock options and employee stock option plans

This chapter discusses estate planning to preserve the increased exemption amount before it expires at the end of 2025, and the continued need for A-B trust planning. It reviews how to determine basis in inherited assets, and the tax ramifications of below-market loans. This chapter also explains when a trust or estate (or its beneficiary) can claim the QBI deduction, and how to calculate that deduction.

This chapter covers issues the IRS targets as key issues for practitioners. Topics include:

    • Cybersecurity

    • Penalty abatement

    • The impact of bankruptcy on tax debt

    • Taxpayer liability for the trust fund recovery penalty

    • The paycheck checkup

This chapter covers recently enacted tax legislation and procedures. It is organized by subject to help participants quickly find topics of interest and includes:

    • A summary of each provision

    • Cross-references to other chapters to help participants find further     information

    • Effective dates to help participants keep track of when provisions begin     and when they expire

    • A table of tax provisions that expired in 2017 or 2018, and provisions
       that are set to expire in 2019 through 2027

This chapter summarizes selected rulings and cases that were issued from September 2018 through August 2019. It gives participants an update on issues that are being addressed by the IRS and the courts.

Taught by  Robert W. Jamison, CPA

350 page outline, with numerous examples and flowcharts.

Citations to substantial authority for all text and examples.

This two-day course is up to date with all significant legislative, administrative and judicial developments up to the date of presentation. It includes S corporation eligibility and election requirements, basis and other loss limits, taxable and net investment income, distributions compensation, corporate level taxes, terminations and sales of the business. It also includes state-specific rules regarding entities and taxes.

Topics include:

  S Corporation and Shareholder Eligibility Rules

  S Corporation and Shareholder Election Procedures

 Shareholder Basis Rules

  Corporation and Shareholder Income Rules

 Distributions from S Corporation to Shareholders

    Ø  Cash

    Ø  Property

    Ø  Constructive

Shareholder Compensation Rules

Loss Limitations, Including

    Ø  Stock Basis,

    Ø  Debt Basis

    Ø  Amount at Risk

    Ø  Passive Activity Loss Limits

    Ø  Excess Business Loss Limit


Qualified Subchapter S Subsidiaries

Built-in Gains Tax

Passive Investment Income Problems

S Corporation Terminations and Liquidations and Entity Conversions

Qualified Business Income, as It Applies to S Corporations and Shareholders

Other Recent Federal and State Developments, as Necessary