Family Tax Planning 2017 - 2 CPE
While the nuclear family remains the centerpoint of society, today it is under tremendous economic and social pressure. This mini-course is designed to cover “hot” topics having a direct impact on the practitioner who represents any client with family issues. The emphasis is on using tax solutions to ease family economic concerns permitting the practitioner to be a real tax hero.
Learning Assignment & Objectives
As a result of studying the assigned materials, you should be able to meet the objectives listed below.
At the start of the materials, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Filing status & exemptions
* Divorce costs
* Child, dependent care & adoption credits
* Education expenses, credits & deductions
* Medical costs
* Charitable contributions
* Casualty & theft losses
* Home sales & mortgage interest
* Property rights
* Elderly, disabled & estate planning
After reading the materials, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize the effect of marital status on filing status, identify the advisability of filing a joint return enlight of the innocent spouse rules, specify available exemptions, and determine the differences between deductible and nondeductible divorce costs(ques#1,2,3).
2. Identify the costs and fees that qualify for the tax credit for adoption expenses and for education credits, such as the HOPE credit, and cite the requirements for dependent care assistance and the contribution limits for Coverdell ESAs(ques#4,5,6,7).
3. Determine medical cost deductions available to individuals under §213, specify items qualifying as deductible §163 home mortgage interest, and recognize the taxation of §1041 interspousal transfers particularly as to property settlements(ques#8,9,10).