2021 Annual Tax Season Update

Overview

Each year, income tax return preparation must take into account inflation-related changes to various limits and new tax laws. This course will look at those changes and new laws. The 2021 Annual Tax Season Update course is designed to provide valuable information to persons preparing individual 1040 income tax returns reflecting clients' 2020 income. The Annual Tax Filing Season Update course discusses new tax law and recent updates for the 2021 filing season, provides a general tax review, and examines important rules governing tax return preparer ethics, practices and procedures.

Tax Year: 2020

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify the changes made to various requirements by the SECURE Act, including:
    o traditional IRA contribution eligibility
    o traditional IRA and qualified plan lifetime required minimum distributions
  • qualified birth and adoption distributions
  • inherited IRA distribution requirements
  • taxation of a child's unearned income
  • Qualified Tuition Plan distributions
  • Deductions for unreimbursed medical expenses
  • recognize the status of various tax extenders, including:
    o reinstatement of the credit for nonbusiness energy property
    o tuition and fees deduction
    o itemized deduction for mortgage insurance premiums
    o exclusion of cancellation of debt income from qualified principal residence indebtedness
  • apply the inflation-adjusted and other limits to the proper preparation of taxpayers' income tax returns
  • recognize the federal income tax filing statuses and the criteria for their use
  • identify the types of income that must be recognized
  • apply the tax rules to the various credits and adjustments to income that are available to taxpayer
  • recognize the penalties that may be imposed on a preparer for failing to meet ethical and practice standards in preparing tax returns
  • identify the duties and restrictions imposed on tax preparers under Circular 230 

Designed For

CPAs, EAs, and tax professionals at any level of their career
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