Getting Cash Out Of Your Business 2020 - 24 CPE Credit Hours
This course examines the various ideas, methods, and techniques capable of optimizing the overall compensation package for key employees and principals in small to medium-sized businesses. Qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation, benefit targeting, insurance programs, statutory fringe benefits, interest-free loans, and investment planning are investigated. Effective pay plans essential to attract, motivate, and retain key people are defined and evaluated. Consideration is given to indirect compensation in the form of business entertainment, expense accounts, auto use, travel, and transportation. Equity participation is explored through stock sales, repurchase agreements, incentive stock options, ESOTs, stock options, and bonuses. The new field of professional services is probed to provide tax, financial and estate planning to the key executive.
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 Tax Economics
At the start of Chapter 1, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Financial fundamentals
* Tax planning elements
* Taxable income
* Tax-free income
* Tax-deferred income
* Tax-sheltered income
After reading Chapter 1, participants will be able to:
1. Identify financial and tax income types and how cash management is used to acquire and operate assets, specify changes recently made to taxable income, determine how the passive loss rules categorize income and identify income splitting formats that can reduce tax.
2. Recognize basic cash management techniques and how to generate tax-free income, identify ways to defer income, and specify techniques to shelter income.
3. Determine the importance of budgeting and rules to budget effectively, specify several cash usages, recognize financial acquisition guidelines for tax-advantaged investments, and specify multiple asset management rules.
After studying the materials in Chapter 1, answer the exam questions 1 to 9.
Chapter 2 Business Planning
At the start of Chapter 2, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Financial and compensation planning
* Periodic review & goal setting
* Team concept
* Individual and corporate income tax rates
* Capital gains & personal exemptions
* Passive loss rules
* Deferral of income
* Acceleration of deductions
* Avoiding taxable income
* Unreasonable compensation
After reading Chapter 2, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize compensation strategies citing employer vs. employee perspectives, identifying parties’ goals and objectives, and selecting compensation techniques to accomplish such goals.
2. Identify economic and tax trends particularly recent capital gain complexity and rate “baskets” and their varying taxation, recognize the §469 “buckets” of income and loss that influence what a taxpayer can deduct against other income.
3. Specify several ways to defer income and accelerate deductions, and thereby expand business cash flow and planning opportunities.
4. Recognize the dangers of unreasonable compensation and their impact on deductions and distributions, and identify ways to avoid unreasonable compensation.
After studying the materials in Chapter 2, answer the exam questions 10 to 24.
Chapter 3 Deferred Compensation Plans
At the start of Chapter 3, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Types of deferred compensation
* Advantages of nonqualified deferred compensation
* Economic benefit of nonqualified deferred compensation
* Tax consequences
* Qualified deferred compensation – retirement plans
* Basic requirements of a qualified pension plan
* Basic types of corporate plans
* Self-employed plans - Keogh
* Individual plans - IRAs
* SEPs and SIMPLE plans
After reading Chapter 3, participants will be able to:
1. Determine the meaning of “deferred compensation plan”, cite questions for assessing deferral usage, and recognize multiple deferred compensation types so clients may properly structure compensation.
2. Identify client compensation decisions by specifying qualified deferred compensation restrictions, recalling the purposes, benefit formulas, and necessary contractual provisions for nonqualified plans., recognize the IRS’s position on nonqualified compensation, determine “constructive receipt” and “economic benefit”, and identify the differences among unfunded bare contractual promise plans, funded company account plans and segregated asset plans.
3. Recognize qualified deferred compensation plans and nonqualified plans, the major benefit of the qualified deferred plans, and the basis of the benefits and contributions and, identify the current and deferred advantages and the disadvantages of corporate plans and fiduciary responsibilities and prohibited transactions.
4. Cite the requirements of the basic forms of qualified pension plans permitting clients to elect among such plans.
5. Identify defined contribution and defined benefit plans, specify the differences among the types of defined contribution plans, and recognize their effect on retirement benefits.
6. Determine the differences between self-employed and qualified plans identifying key choice of entity factors.
7. Cite the requirements of IRAs, SEPs, and SIMPLEs, and recognize tax-free Roth IRA distributions and where changes may be necessary to maximize plan benefits.
After studying the materials in Chapter 3, answer the exam questions 25 to 53.
Chapter 4 Basic Fringe Benefits
At the start of Chapter 4, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Benefit mechanics
* Employee achievement awards
* Group term life insurance
* Self-insured medical reimbursement plans
* Medical insurance
* Meals & lodging
* Cafeteria plans
* Employer-provided automobile
* Adoption assistance program
* Interest-free & below-market loans
After reading Chapter 4, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize basic fringe benefit planning by determining “income” under §61, and identify the differences between former nonstatutory and current statutory fringe benefits created by recent cases, rulings, and tax law changes.
2. Specify the mechanics of typical fringe benefits, determine the fair market value of a fringe benefit under the general valuation rule or the special valuation rules, and identify the general accounting rule and the special two-month pour-over accounting rule.
3. Identify an “employee achievement award” under §274, and recognize the rules for group term life insurance under §79 and how to implement proper coverage.
4. Determine the mechanics of self-insured medical reimbursement plans under §105, and specify the requirements of medical insurance under §106 specifying differences.
5. Identify the rules for excluding the value of meals and lodging under §119, and “cafeteria plans” and how they operate.
6. Recognize the requirements and limits of employee educational assistance programs and dependent care assistance and how to obtain each type of assistance.
7. Identify “no-additional-cost services” and determine what property or services are excludable from income as qualified employee discounts under §132(c), and specify exceptions to working condition fringes and de minimis fringes.
8. Determine the requirements for qualified transportation fringe benefits under §132(f), specify valuation methods for employer-provided automobiles and, identify the qualifications for the popular physical fitness exclusion, and the requirements and benefits of adoption assistance programs.
9. Recognize planning services available under §§132, 212 and 67, determine interest-free and below-market loans, identify child care benefits and corporate-funded educational savings accounts, specify S corporation fringe benefits, and identify ERISA compliance requirements.
After studying the materials in Chapter 4, answer the exam questions 54 to 76.
Chapter 5 Business Entertainment
At the start of Chapter 5, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Tests for pre-2018 entertainment expenses
* Statutory exceptions
* Former ticket purchase rules
* Percentage reduction for meals & entertainment
* Entertainment facilities
* Substantiation & record keeping
* Employee expense reimbursement & reporting
* Self-employed persons
After reading Chapter 5, participants will be able to:
1. Identify tax definition of entertainment, recognize the former tests for pre-2018 entertainment expenses to be deducted, determine the importance of the statutory exceptions and the percentage reduction restriction for meals and entertainment and, specify the former 2% floor on miscellaneous itemized deductions.
2. Determine what constitutes an “entertainment facility,” and identify substantiation, recordkeeping, reimbursement, reporting requirements and variations in methods, specify how to itemize non-reimbursed employee expenses and identify the special reporting rules for self-employed persons and employers.
After studying the materials in Chapter 5, answer the exam questions 77 to 81.
Chapter 6 Business Travel & Transportation
At the start of Chapter 6, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Transportation & travel distinguished
* Definition of “tax home”
* Temporary & indefinite assignments
* Away from home requirement
* Business purpose requirement for business travel
* Convention & meetings
* Cruises & luxury water travel
* Actual cost method
* Standard mileage method
After reading Chapter 6, participants will be able to:
1. Identify business travel and transportation concepts by specifying the differences between transportation and “tax home” sensitive travel to maximize deductible expenses.
2. Recognize how time acts as a critical factor in distinguishing a temporary from an indefinite job assignment, cite the “away from home” requirement, and determine the factors associated with the business purpose requirement.
3. Identify deductible meals, lodging, conventions, and meetings and related necessary compliance issues, specify the special requirements for cruises, determine the treatment of luxury water travel, recognize auto usage as a component of travel, cite the requirements for family member travel expenses and recognize the interplay of the "no additional cost" rule to ensure taxpayer compliance with §274.
After studying the materials in Chapter 6, answer the exam questions 82 to 91.
Chapter 7 Insurance
At the start of Chapter 7, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Company paid insurance
* Group term life insurance
* Retired lives reserve
* Split-dollar life insurance
* Medical & dental insurance
* Disability income insurance
* Interest limitation on policy loans