The Ultimate Guide to Retirement Planning - 40 CPE
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.
Completion Deadline & Exam: This course, including the examination, must be completed within one year of the date of purchase. In addition, unless otherwise indicated, no correct or incorrect feedback for any exam question will be provided.
Course Level: Overview. This program is appropriate for professionals at all organizational levels.
Field of Study: Taxes
Prerequisite: General understanding of federal income taxation.
Advanced Preparation: None
Learning Assignments & Objectives
As a result of studying each assignment, you should be able to meet the objectives listed below each assignment.
Chapter 1 Financial Tax Planning
At the start of Chapter 1, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Goals v. purposes
* 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:
1. Match short-term financial goals with the four generic investment purposes stating the planning purpose of this process, recognize the importance of defining, listing and prioritizing realistic goals, and show clients how investing allocation changes with age.
2. Recognize the tax consequences of title holding methods by:
a. Listing nine basic ways to hold title to assets starting with the simplest and most direct way to hold property;
b. Identifying 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. Defining custodianship describing the two uniform acts and clarifying how an estate can be tax beneficial to taxpayers.
After studying the materials in Chapter 1, answer the exam questions 1 to 7.
Chapter 2 Building an Estate
At the start of Chapter 2, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Types of income
* 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:
1. Name three goals of money management listing four types of income, identify three causes of increased taxable income for itemizing taxpayers, and state at least eight types of taxable income and their proper reporting.
2. Show the distinctions between tax-free municipal bonds from fringe benefits in generating tax-free income, name two benefits of tax deferral, and identify at least one tax-deferred investment permitting taxpayers to better invest for retirement.
3. List several 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 six step process and developing discretionary income using four important variables, identify a client’s negative outlook on budgeting and counter with five strategies, show how to convert income into assets by purchasing investments, and list six important asset acquisition rules for improved investment return.
5. Name at least eight major tax-advantage investments using six basic management rules, and state the economic impact of accelerating deductions, postponing tax liability, and leveraging.
After studying the materials in Chapter 2, answer the exam questions 8 to 21.
Chapter 3 Preservation of Wealth
At the start of Chapter 3, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Obstacles to preservation
* Tracking spending
* Building savings
* Designing a budget
* Determining worth
* Analyzing net worth
* Tax planning tactics
After reading Chapter 3, participants will able to:
1. Recognize spending habits and show how to design a budget to increase discretionary income, define net worth using a balance sheet, identify an asset inventory listing liabilities, and state where changes could be made to meet financial goals.
2. State why individuals should take primary responsibility for the investment planning including necessary self-education, show 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 that can be used by clients to minimize taxes.
After studying the materials in Chapter 3, answer the exam questions 22 to 26.
Chapter 4 Deferral
At the start of Chapter 4, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Elements of like-kind exchanges
* 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 able to:
1. Name two benefits of tax deferral, outline the former use of tax deferral under §1034, and state the tax deferral advantage under §1031 listing its three elements.
2. List the related party §1031 restrictions identifying prohibited parties or entities and permissible disposition exceptions, state recommendations for the protection of exchange participants, and outline the history of the personal and multiple property regulations naming the unique personal property like-kind and netting requirements for multiple asset exchanges.
3. Outline the evolution of §1031 delayed exchanges identifying allowable transfers, show how to select replacement property within statutory deadlines, list four constructive receipt safe harbors, list methods to secure exchange party performance, and define the §1031 partnership underlying asset rule. Recognize how to design retirement plans following four basic steps, name two of the most popular methods for providing for retirement, and define near retirement investments.
4. State three requirements for an installment, show how to elect out of the installment method, list at least five variables affecting §453 availability. Illustrate how to use a property option to receive income and postpone tax.
After studying the materials in Chapter 4, answer the exam questions 27 to 41.
Chapter 5 Reduction
At the start of Chapter 5, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Work Opportunity Credit & Rehabilitation Credit
* Low Income Housing Credit & Child & Dependent Care Credit