Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: To enhance your current knowledge of accounting publications and articles published by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) are available. The Journal of Accountancy and other professional accounting publications are a good source for additional discussions. Also, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at WWW.IRS.GOV
Course Description: A study of the current federal income tax law. Emphasis is on tax research and the problems faced by partnerships and organizations. Pre-requisites: AC309, AC320 and CS140 or equivalents. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: To foster a learning envoronment that enables the learner to realize his/her greatest potential. Specifically, this class teaches the student the accounting principles and practices related to international accounting, partnerships, governmental, trust, and non-profit organization accounting.
Also, we will strive for the learner to think critically; to communicate clearly, and to take ownership for his/her learning. The instructor's educational philosophy is based on student participation which is based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, and writings. The instructor will encourage each learner to explore new ideas, issues and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Prepare business income tax returns
2. Prepare gift tax returns
3. Prepare estate tax returns
4. Prepare trust tax returns
5. Research tax issues
6. Use computer software for tax planning and tax returns
Course Assessment: This course will cover Chapters 1 through 11 and Chapter 15 of the assigned text. Students will have the opportunity to learn theory and concepts and to put them to practical use through classroom discussion, problem solving, and examination. C;ass sessions will consist of discussion and lecture activities accompanied by a review of homework assignments and examinations. Discussion/lectures will be based on text material and practical experience. Student participation will be emphasized with problem solving and class discussion.
Students will be expected to have read and studied the material assigned for that class/meeting and have completed the assigned homework problems.
There will be two (2) Tax Problems/Cases, one(1) Research Project/Paper, one (1) Final Examination and Class Participation
Grading: Course grades will be based on an average percentage, as follows:
1. Tax Problems/Cases - two (2) 100 points each
2. Research Project/Paper - 100 points
3. Final Examination - 100 points
4. Class Participation/Discussion - 100 points
Total points for this class - 500 points
This course grade distribution is as follows:
A = 90% to 100%
B = 80% to 89.9%
C = 70% to 79.9%
D = 60% to 69.9%
An Incomplete will be assigned only in accordance with Park University policy. All final grades will be rounded to one decimal point.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Tax projects and the writing projects are announced well in advance and it is the students' responsibility to know when the assignments are scheduled and make special arrangements PRIOR TO THE DUE DATE if they will be unable to meet the commitment. Makeup projects will be allowed, without penalty, only if the situation warrants and only if PRIOR arrangements have been made with the instructor. Project scores will be reduced by ten (10) percentage points if submitted late without the instructor;s permission. These requirements are imposed to protect the validity of the evaluations and to enhance the objective of timeliness, which is of major importance in Accounting.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: The classroom rules of conduct include the following:
1. Respect the instructor's decisions/requirements
2. Respect other learners
3. Participate in classroom discussions/exercises
4. Take ownership and complete assignments by given deadlines
5. Notify instructor of any possible absences or missed deadlines
Remember, computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.
Students will be expected to have read and studied the material assigned for that class and have completed the assigned homework problems.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Weekend 1 - September 9, 10 & 11
Read Chapters 1 through 6 in totality. Subject/Discussion matter for these chapters are as follows:
Chapts. 1 & 2
Tax research and forms of doing business, corporate formation and capital structure. Corporate formations, computing corporation's taxable income, controlled groups and procedural matters.
Chapts. 3 & $
Controlled groups/taxation and non-liquidating distributions, stock dividends/redemptions, bailouts and compliance considerations. Non-liquidating distributions etc., and other corporate tax levies such as AMT,PHC, and AE taxes.
Chapts. 5 & 6
Other levies (conclusion) and liquidating distributions. Liquid distributions and introduction to taxable/tax-free acquisition and Type A reorganizations.
During class we will discuss these topics and learners will work in teams on problems/cases. At the conclusion of this weekend's class you will choose your topic for your research paper that will be due the evening of October 14th.
Weekend 2 - October 14, 15 & 16
Read chapters 7 through 11 and Chapter 15 in totality. Subject/Discussion matter for these chapters are as follows:
Chapts. 7 & 8
Type A, C, B, and D acquisitive reorganizations. Corporate acquisitions, reorganizations and intro to consolidated returns. Consolidated returns (conclusion), introduction to partnership formation and operations.
Chapts. 9 & 10
Partnership formation and operations (conclusion), and introduction to special partnership issues and introduction to S Corporations.
Chapts. 11 & 15
S Corporations (conclusion), and administrative procedures. Review and FINAL EXAMINATION. The FINAL EXAMINATION will be a takehome exam
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
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