|Author :||Danny C Santucci, JD|
|CPE Credits :||38.0|
|IRS Credits :||38|
|Passing Score :||70%|
|Primary Subject-Field Of Study:||
Taxes - Taxation for Course Id 200
We are all (including tax practitioners) getting older, and the need for effective retirement planning has never been greater. This course is essential for participants who wish to attain a comfortable retirement for themselves and their clients by maximizing tax saving strategies. This presentation integrates federal taxation with retirement planning. The course will examine tax and savings strategies related to determining retirement income needs, wealth building, capital preservation, and estate distribution. The result is a unified explanation of tax-economics that will permit the tax professional to locate, analyze, and solve financial aspects of retirement. Designed to improve the quality of services to clients and the profitability of engagements, this program projects the accountant into the world of retirement planning. This course will give the participant practice in analyzing problems, developing solutions, and presenting final personal retirement plans to clients. The emphasis is on practical simplicity in dealing with the self-employed and highly compensated individual. Retirement income needs are calculated; net after tax Social Security benefits are determined; and distribution options from IRAs and retirement plans are explored. Special consideration is given to the tax treatment of the home and business on retirement. Buy-sell agreements are discussed and eldercare planning is examined.
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|Prerequisites :||General understanding of federal income taxation.|
|Experience Level :||Overview|
|Additional Contents :||Complete, no additional material needed|
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|Advance Preparation :||None|
|Delivery Method :||Self-Study|
|Intended Participants :||Anyone needing Continuing Professional Education (CPE)|
|Revision Date :||27-May-2016|
|NASBA Course Declaration :||Participants must complete the final examination within one year of purchase and with a minimum passing grade of 70% or better to receive CPE credit unless otherwise noted on the Course History page (i.e. California Ethics must score 90% or better). After logging in click on the Course History links on your My Courses page for the Begin date and Expire date for the Final Exam.|
|Approved Audience :||
NASBA QAS - NASBA Registry - IRS Enrolled Agents - 200
|Keywords :||Taxes, Ultimate, Guide, Retirement, Planning, from, Tax, Perspective, cpe, cpa, online course|
|Learning Objectives :||
As a result of studying each assignment, you should be able to meet the objectives listed below each assignment.ASSIGNMENT SUBJECT
Chapter 1 Financial Tax Planning
At the start of Chapter 1, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Investment purposes
* Myths of retirement
* Investment goals
* Investment needs of five critical decades
* Investment vehicles & entities
* Retirement - the ultimate objective
* Basic planning elements
After reading Chapter 1, participants will be able to:
2. Determine the tax consequences of title holding methods by:
b. Cite the tax benefits and drawbacks of co-tenancies, corporations (both C & S), partnerships, qualified retirement plans, and trusts particularly as they relate to a client's after-tax investment return; and
c. Identifying custodianship under the uniform acts and determining how an estate can be tax beneficial to taxpayers.
Chapter 2 Building an Estate
At the start of Chapter 2, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Information reporting on taxable income
* Rules of budgeting
* Rules of management
* Managing risk
* Taxes & investment economics
After reading Chapter 2, participants will be able to:
2. Determine the distinctions between tax-free municipal bonds from fringe benefits in generating tax-free income, cite the benefits of tax deferral, and identify tax-deferred investments.
3. Specify ways to shelter income noting how income sheltering amplifies investment return.
4. Recognize the budgeting of income into cash by containing expenditures with the author's step process and discretionary income development, identify a client’s negative outlook on budgeting and counter strategies, determine how to convert income into assets by purchasing investments, and specify asset acquisition rules.
5. Specify tax-advantage investments noting management rules, and determine the economic impact of accelerating deductions, postponing tax liability, and leveraging.
Chapter 3 Preservation of Wealth
At the start of Chapter 3, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Tracking spending
* Building savings
* Designing a budget
* Determining worth
* Analyzing net worth
* Tax planning tactics
After reading Chapter 3, participants will be able to:
2. Specify why individuals should take primary responsibility for the investment planning including necessary self-education, determine the allocation of financial resources among investments to maximize return, and recognize the impact of inflation, risk versus return, and basic income tax planning tactics.
Chapter 4 Deferral
At the start of Chapter 4, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Related party exchanges
* Personal & multiple property regulations
* Delayed (deferred) exchange regulations
* Actual & constructive receipt rule
* Qualified contribution plans
* Tax-deferred annuities
* Installment sales
* At-risk rule
* Deferred compensation and options
After reading Chapter 4, participants will be able to:
2. Specify the related party §1031 restrictions identifying prohibited parties or entities and permissible disposition exceptions, cite recommendations for the protection of exchange participants, and recognize the history of the personal and multiple property regulations noting the unique personal property like-kind and netting requirements for multiple asset exchanges.
3. Recall the evolution of delayed exchanges noting allowable transfers, determine how to select qualified replacement property, specify constructive receipt safe harbors & methods to secure exchange party performance, cite the §1031 partnership underlying asset rule, identify retirement plan design, identify popular methods for providing for retirement, and select near retirement investments.
4. Specify the requirements for an installment sale, determine how to elect out of the installment method, identify the variables affecting §453 availability, and determine how to use a property option to receive income and postpone tax.
Chapter 5 Reduction
At the start of Chapter 5, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Low Income Housing Credit & Child & Dependent Care Credit
* Estimated taxes
* Automobile deductions
* Business entertainment deductions
* Depreciation & cost recovery
* Net operating losses
* Tax breaks for nonitemizers
* Amended returns
After reading Chapter 5, participants will be able to:
2. Recognize the estimated tax rules and procedures including payment deadlines, underpayment penalties and the economics of overpaying estimated taxes, and specify the nondeductible interest types.
3. Determine the deductibility of investment interest, prepaid interest, points, and prepayment penalties noting the offset of passive income with rental property mortgage interest.
4. Identify business vehicle operating costs using (or switching between) the actual cost method or the standard mileage rate, recognize the importance of expense and mileage records, and specify depreciation traps when purchasing a vehicle.
5. Recall the requirements for business expenses to meet the directly related test, cite the elements of the associated test, identify the business expense statutory exceptions, and recognize the application of R.R. 90-23 and R.R. 99-7 to the deduction of transportation costs to a temporary work location.
6. Determine business asset depreciation using both ACRS and MACRS recovery classes, identify sources of §172 net operating losses (NOLs) noting carryback and carryover rules, specify tax breaks for nonitemizing taxpayers, recognize the advisability of filing an amended return, determine how to avoid audits by claiming refunds for provable items noting which return amendments are safest.
Chapter 6 Income Splitting
At the start of Chapter 6, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Deductible business expenses
* Home-office deduction
* C or regular corporations
* S corporations
* Family partnerships
* Kiddie tax trap
* Child care & education
* Interest-free loans
After reading Chapter 6, participants will be able to:
2. Identify the tax opportunities available to an unincorporated business including retirement plans, the hiring of family members, travel expenses, casualty losses, bad debts, and self-employment tax.
3. Determine the uses and tax characteristics of regular and S corporations by:
b. Recognizing the taxation of these entities including their ability to split income; and
c. Specifying initial §351 formation and capitalization issues and identifying appropriate tax form filings for each entity.
5. Identify the use of a custodianship to split income and contain the “kiddie tax” noting initial planning considerations and good investments for children, recognize deductions and credits for childcare, education, children, and §7872 loans, and specify the income and later estate tax benefits of gifts.
Chapter 7 Elimination
At the start of Chapter 7, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Municipal bonds
* Divorce & separation settlements
* Gifts & inheritances
* Life insurance
* Fringe benefits
* Taxation & valuation of benefits
* Employee expense reimbursement & reporting
* Fixed & variable rate allowances
* Social Security
After reading Chapter 7, participants will be able to:
b. Determining qualifications for tax-free state or local obligations including private activity bonds; and
c. Specifying the tax elimination aspects of family transactions such as gifts, bequests, inheritances, life insurance, and even divorce.
b. Identifying popular employee fringe benefits including employer paid accident & health coverage, meals or lodging, cafeteria plan benefits, §127 education assistance, achievement awards, group life insurance and dependent care assistance.
Chapter 8 Asset Protection
At the start of Chapter 8, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Types of creditors
* Fraudulent transfers
* Preparation for asset protection
* Types of insurance
* Buy-sell agreements
* Individual ownership and corporate ownership
* Asset protection aspects of trusts
* Co-tenancy and partnerships
After reading Chapter 8, participants will be able to:
b. Specifying sources of lawsuits and the author's concept of exploding and imploding liability; and
c. Determining asset protection using the primary concepts of insurance, asset placement and statutory protections.
3. Specify fraudulent transfer laws noting badges of fraud, define statutes of limitation, criminal penalties, and permissible asset transfers.
4. Recognize the degree and necessity of asset protection using net worth and asset values under a balance sheet.
5. Identify the ways that insurance and buy-sell agreements can offer asset protection by:
b. Specifying the parties under a life insurance contract noting potential reasons for establishing an irrevocable life insurance trust; and
c. Determining what constitutes entity purchase and cross purchase buy sell agreements.
b. Identifying testamentary trusts, living trusts and subcategories of trusts noting asset protection elements;
c. Specifying the various types of co-tenancy, noting their asset protection dangers, and several types of partnerships citing their variation from limited liability companies; and
d. Recognizing the unique asset protection qualities of retirement plans, custodianship, and estates as asset protection tools.
Chapter 9 How Much Do You Need To Retire?
At the start of Chapter 9, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Common pitfalls
* Popular retirement myths
* Defining retirement
* Developing a plan
After reading Chapter 9, participants will be able to:
2. Determine retirement using the major levels of retirement and key questions that have financial and personal ramifications.
3. Identify retirement costs and income needs of clients based on their current budget, recognize tax savings strategies and identify guidelines when purchasing investment assets.
Chapter 10 Social Security Benefits & Retirement Planning
At the start of Chapter 10, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* How Social Security works
* Social Security participants
* Social Security benefits
* Retirement benefits
* Direct deposit
* Social security tax
* Total disability benefits
* Survivors’ benefits
After reading Chapter 10, participants will be able to:
2. Identify the requirements to receive Social Security retirement benefits, and determine clients’ retirement benefits following a multi-step calculation process.
3. Recognize Social Security taxes, their tax rates and covered earnings allowing better retirement planning.
4. Specify the eligibility requirements of Social Security disability benefits and survivors’ benefits, and determine what constitutes Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B noting qualifications.
Chapter 11 Retirement Plans
At the start of Chapter 10, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Basic requirements of a qualified pension plan
* Basic types of corporate plans
* Types of defined contribution plans
* Self-employed plans – Keogh
* Distribution & settlement options of IRAs
* Tax-free rollovers for IRAs
* Roth IRAs
* Simplified employee pension plans (SEPs)
* SIMPLE plans
After reading Chapter 11, participants will be able to:
2. Specify the requirements of the basic forms of qualified pension plans.
3. Determine the differences between defined contribution and defined benefit retirement plans and specify several types of defined contribution plans noting their impact on retirement benefits.
4. Recognize self-employed plans from qualified plans for other business types and owners, and identify the requirements of IRAs, SEPs, and SIMPLEs, and tax-free Roth IRA distributions noting strategies to maximize plan benefits.
Chapter 12 Distributions from Retirement Plans & IRAs
At the start of Chapter 11, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Mandatory basis rule for annuity payments
* Nonqualifying lump-sum distributions
* Treatment options for lump-sum distributions
* Eligible rollover distributions
* 20% withholding
* Rollover period
* Premature distributions
* Minimum distribution rules
* Making charitable gifts with plan balances
After reading Chapter 12, participants will be able to:
2. Determine what constitutes a lump-sum distribution permitting clients to receive special tax treatment on such distributions.
3. Recognize the key components of rollovers that can be used to reinvest cash or other assets without including the amount in income.
4. Specify the tax consequences of taking premature distributions noting how to avoid the 10% penalty.
5. Identify the minimum distribution rules and ways to avoid the 50% penalty associated with either taking smaller distributions than required or with taking distributions after the required beginning date for minimum distributions.
Chapter 13 Nonqualified Plans
At the start of Chapter 13, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Purposes & benefits
* Constructive receipt
* Economic benefit
* Funded company account plan
* Segregated asset plan
* Tax consequences
* Estate planning considerations
* Withholding, Social Security & IRAs
After reading Chapter 13, participants will be able to:
b. Specifying deferred compensation patterns set forth in R.R. 60-31 noting the taxability of each; and
c. Determining unfunded and funded plans noting the use of company assets or bookkeeping accounts to avoid employee taxation.
Chapter 14 Life Insurance, Annuities & Buy-sell Agreement
At the start of Chapter 14, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Life insurance trusts
* Buy-sell agreements
* Purchase price & terms
* Community property
* Professional corporations
* S corporations
* Sole shareholder planning
After reading Chapter 14, participants will be able to:
2. Recognize the tax treatment of life insurance proceeds by:
b. Determining the gift tax associated with transfers of life insurance policies.
4. Specify the reasons for using an irrevocable life insurance trust in an estate plan identifying trust considerations and the differences between deferred and private annuities.
5. Determine what constitutes entity purchase and cross purchase buy-sell agreements noting tax and legal advantages.
Chapter 15 Home Sales & Moving Expenses
At the start of Chapter 15, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Rate groups
* Home sales under §121
* Special rules for ownership & use requirements
* Prorata exception
* 1099-S reporting
* Distance & time tests for moving expenses
* Deductible moving expenses
* Reporting moving expenses
After reading Chapter 15, participants will be able to:
2. Recognize the key elements and application of the §121 home sale exclusion and identify safe harbor regulations associated with the home sale exclusion.
3. Identify when a taxpayer meets distance and time tests for deductible moving expenses under §217.
Chapter 16 Estate Planning Issues
At the start of Chapter 16, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Applicable exclusion amount
* Stepped-up basis
* Basic estate planning goals
* Simple will
* Types of trusts
* Charitable trusts
* Insurance trusts
* Family documents
* Private annuities
After reading Chapter 16, participants will be able to:
b. Recognizing the unlimited marital deduction and its effect on the gross estate of the value of property; and
c. Specifying the applicable exclusion amounts for various years of death.
3. Specify basic estate-planning goals, and recognize the benefits and drawbacks of the primary dispositive plans.
4. Identify various types of estate trusts and family documents that every taxpayer should consider, and determine the advantages and disadvantages of the former private annuity format.
|Course Contents :||
Chapter 1 -
Chapter 2 -
Chapter 3 -
Chapter 4 -
Chapter 5 -
PATH Act Extensions & Modifications
Nonqualified Property - §168(k)(2)
Chapter 6 -
Home Office Deduction Expansion
Square Footage Safe Harbor - R.P. 2013-13
Chapter 7 -
Chapter 8 -
Chapter 9 -
Chapter 10 -
Chapter 11 -
2009 Waiver of Required Minimum Distribution Rules (Expired)
Chapter 12 -
2009 Waiver of Required Minimum Distribution Rules (Expired)
Chapter 13 -
Chapter 14 -
Employee Death Benefit - §101(b) (Repealed)
Estate Taxes - §2042 & §2035(a)
Chapter 15 -
Chapter 16 -