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AC 309 Individual Income Tax
Shapiro, Marsha G.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

AC 309 Individual Income Tax

Semester

SP 2010 HO

Faculty

Shapiro, Marsha G.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Science in Accounting
CPA

Office Hours

By Appointment

E-Mail

marsha.shapiro@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 11, 2010-May 9, 2010

Class Days

--M-W--

Class Time

1:30 - 2:45 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

West Federal Taxation: Individual Income Tax 2010 Edition w/CD. Hoffman
 
ISBN 9780324828658

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Course Description:
AC309 Individual Income Tax: A study of the current Federal Income Tax law with emphasis on its application to individuals as part of a cooperative effort with the Internal Revenue Service. Prerequisite: AC201 and CS140. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Course will be presented through lecture/discussion, in-class exercise, homework and preparation of tax returns, including various schedules. 
 
Homework/assignments will be assigned after each chapters is discussed in class.  Assignments will then be reviewed during the next class period.  Students will correct their own homework.
 
There will be 2 tax returns assigned.  These will be prepared using tax software (provided with text).

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Prepare Federal, state and city income tax returns for clients.
  2. Treat clients in a respectful and professional manner.
  3. Prepare working papers and schedules to support income tax returns.
  4. Use computer software to plan and report tax information.
  5. Organize and compile client-prepared data.
  6. Pass a written comprehensive examination on individual income tax law.


Core Assessment:
The test examines each learning outcome with 20 questions. Eighteen multiple-choice questions will be based upon a distribution of critical thinking concepts applied to a learning outcome. Two questions will examine a communication/writing component. Each question will be weighted as 5 points. 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

The class will be assessed according to the performance on 4 examinations and various homework assignments.
 
Grading:
Exam I                           8%       25 points
Mid-term Exam            16%       50 points
Exam III                         8%       25 points
Final Exam                   34%      100 points
Homework/tax returns  34%      100 points
 
Total:                           100%    300 points
 
Grades will be assigned as follows:
 
A=90% 270 points
B=80% 240 points
C=70% 210 points
D=60% 180 points
Below 60% = F (below 180 points)

Grading:

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Excused absences should be discussed in advance.  Excused absences consist of work-related travel, death in the family, illness or military duty.  Other instances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  A student who is absent for any reason is still responsible for the course work that is covered during his or her abcense.
 
Examinations will be made up when the instructor is notified in advance and at the instroctor's discretion.
 
The student is reponsible for contacting the instructor regarding making up exams, etc.  The instructor  will NOT contact students who are absent to schedule make up work.
 
Any materials that are accepted late will be subject to up to a 10% late penalty, which will be assessed at the discretion of the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

To succeed in this course, students should:
 
  • Read all asigned materials prior to class
  • Participate in classroom discussion
  • Complete all homework assignments prior to class
  • Attend each class session
  • Allow several hours a week for homework/study
 
This class will move very quickly.  Do not allow yourself to get behind.
 
Extraneous talking will not be tolerated
 
Cell phones must be turned off

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week
Class Activities
Assignments
Exams
Week 1 
Course Intro, Chapter 1 & 2 
Assignments TBA, read next week's chapters
 
Week 2  
Chapters 3 & 4
Assignments TBA, read next week's chapters
 
Week 3
Chapters 5 & 6
Assignments TBA, read next week's chapters
 
Week 4
Chapters 7 & 8
Assignments TBA, read next week's chapters
Exam I Chapters 1-6
Week 5
Chapters 9 & 10
Assignments TBA, read next week's chapters
 
Week 6
Tax Return #1
Assignments TBA, read next week's chapters
 
Week 7  
Chapters 11 & 12
Assignments TBA, read next week's chapters
 
Week 8
Mid-term Exam
Assignments TBA, read next week's chapters
Mid-term exam
Week 9
Chapters 13 & 14
Assignments TBA, read next week's chapters
 
Week 10
Chapters 15 & 16
Assignments TBA, read next week's chapters
 
Week 11
Tax Return #2
Assignments TBA, read next week's chapters
 
Week 12
Review, Exam III
Assignments TBA, read next week's chapters
Exam III
Week 13
Chapters 17 & 18
Assignments TBA, read next week's chapters
 
Week 14
Chapters 19 & 20
Assignments TBA, read next week's chapters
 
Week 15   
Final Review
 
 
Week 16
Final Exam
 
Comprehensive Final Exam
 
Above subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Students are free to work together on assignments/homework. However, it is expected that students will perform their own work on all exams.

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluate and define accounting concepts identified by:                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Outcomes
2,3,4,5,6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Evaluate and define the financial transaction(s) in order to record, adjust or correct per the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q1, Q4, Q8, Q12, Q15
100-80 %
 
Evaluate and define the financial transaction(s) in order to record, adjust or correct per the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q1, Q4, Q8, Q12, Q15
60-79%
 
Evaluate and define the financial transaction(s) in order to record, adjust or correct per the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q1, Q4, Q8, Q12, Q15
50-59%
 
Evaluate and define the financial transaction(s) in order to record, adjust or correct per the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q1, Q4, Q8, Q12, Q15
Less than 50%
 
Synthesize data to produce a logical flow of informational reporting  per established accounting rules and standards,Synthesis                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
2,3,4,5,6,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Assemble the correct and ethical tax treatment for given transactions in order to prepare accurate tax returns per the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q3, Q6, Q7, Q11, Q14
100-80 %
Assemble the correct and ethical tax treatment for given transactions in order to prepare accurate tax returns per the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q3, Q6, Q7, Q11, Q14
60-79%
Assemble the correct and ethical tax treatment for given transactions in order to prepare accurate tax returns per the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q3, Q6, Q7, Q11, Q14
50-59%
Assemble the correct and ethical tax treatment for given transactions in order to prepare accurate tax returns per the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q3, Q6, Q7, Q11, Q14
Less than 50%
Analysis,Analysis of transactional data                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
,2,3,4,5,6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
,Analyze financial transactions recorded in the book of original entry and adjust, record or post to prepare accurate tax returns per the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q2, Q5, Q9, Q10, Q13
100-80 %
 
,Analyze financial transactions recorded in the book of original entry and adjust, record or post to prepare accurate tax returns per the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q2, Q5, Q9, Q10, Q13
60-79%
 
,Analyze financial transactions recorded in the book of original entry and adjust, record or post to prepare accurate tax returns per the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q2, Q5, Q9, Q10, Q13
50-59%
 
,Analyze financial transactions recorded in the book of original entry and adjust, record or post to prepare accurate tax returns per the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q2, Q5, Q9, Q10, Q13
Less than 50%
 
Application of established rules and logic per regulatory and commercial standards,Evaluation                                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes
1,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Demonstrate and interpret financial data for preparing
individual income tax returns in order to comply with the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q16, Q17, Q18
100-80 %
Demonstrate and interpret financial data for preparing individual income tax returns in order to comply with the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q16, Q17, Q18
60-79%
Demonstrate and interpret financial data for preparing individual income tax returns in order to comply with the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q16, Q17, Q18
50-59%
Demonstrate and interpret financial data for preparing individual income tax returns in order to comply with the Internal Revenue Service Code
Q16, Q17, Q18
Less than 50%
Terminology,Content of Communication written essay                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Outcomes
,1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
,Assess the student's ability to understand and communicate/ write the reasoning for knowledge acquired through out the course as it relates to
preparing individual income tax returns
Question 20
100-80 %
 
,Assess the student's ability to understand and communicate/ write the reasoning for knowledge acquired through out the course as it relates to preparing individual income tax returns
Question 20
60-79%
 
,Assess the student's ability to understand and communicate/ write the reasoning for knowledge acquired through out the course as it relates to preparing individual income tax returns
Question 20
50-59%
 
,Assess the student's ability to understand and communicate/ write the reasoning for knowledge acquired through out the course as it relates to preparing individual income tax returns
Question 20
Less than 50%
 
Technical Skill in Communicating written essay,Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
4,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Demonstrate the knowledge and skill to evaluate, apply and discuss tax solutions
Question 19
100-80 %
Demonstrate the knowledge and skill to evaluate, apply and discuss tax solutions
Question 19
60-79%
Demonstrate the knowledge and skill to evaluate, apply and discuss tax solutions
Question 19
50-59%
Demonstrate the knowledge and skill to evaluate, apply and discuss tax solutions
Question 19
Less than 50%
Application,First Literacy Technical knowledge and application                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
,Student will demonstrate a knowledge of individual taxation within the scope of AC 309 to assist them in performing their job functions or enhancing their accounting and tax knowledge
Overall Score
100-80 %
 
,Student will demonstrate a knowledge of individual taxation within the scope of AC 309 to assist them in performing their job functions or enhancing their accounting and tax knowledge
Overall Score
60-79%
 
,Student will demonstrate a knowledge of individual taxation within the scope of AC 309 to assist them in performing their job functions or enhancing their accounting and tax knowledge
Overall Score
50-59%
 
,Student will demonstrate a knowledge of individual taxation within the scope of AC 309 to assist them in performing their job functions or enhancing their accounting and tax knowledge
Overall Score
Less than 50%
 
Second Literacy Transcendence of applied learning,Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Student will demonstrate a knowledge of individual taxation to be successful citizens, employees or world leaders as they better understand the economic/ monetary drivers of the contemporary world we live in
Overall Score
100-80 %
Student will demonstrate a knowledge of individual taxation to be successful citizens, employees or world leaders as they better understand the economic/ monetary drivers of the contemporary world we live in
Overall Score
60-79%
Student will demonstrate a knowledge of individual taxation to be successful citizens, employees or world leaders as they better understand the economic/ monetary drivers of the contemporary world we live in
Overall Score
50-59%
Student will demonstrate a knowledge of individual taxation to be successful citizens, employees or world leaders as they better understand the economic/ monetary drivers of the contemporary world we live in
Overall Score
Less than 50%
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    

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