2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin

Taxation (TAX)


TAX 4001 Fundamentals of Taxation (4 Credits)

This class will cover fundamental concepts of the federal income tax system, including the definition of income, adjusted gross income, taxable income, exclusions from income, business and personal deductions, tax credits, basis, amount realized, gain and loss, capital gains and losses, depreciation, involuntary conversions, like-kind exchanges.

TAX 4002 Corporate Taxation (3 Credits)

This required course covers the taxation of corporations and shareholders, including formation, nonliquidating distributions, the dividends received deduction, stock redemptions, distributions in kind, constructive distributions and liquidating distributions.

TAX 4003 Partnership Taxation (3 Credits)

Tax treatment of partnerships and partners; aggregate and entity principles; problems associated with the formation, operation, and dissolution of partnerships; transactions between partnerships and partners; compensation of service partners; sales of partnership interests; withdrawal and retirement of partners; basis adjustments; treatment of unrealized receivables and substantially appreciated inventory.

TAX 4004 Tax Procedure (1 Credit)

This required course addresses foundational procedural matters that must be addressed in resolving tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service. Topics covered include filing obligations, statutes of limitation on assessment and collection of taxes and claims for refund, statutory notices, administrative appeals, limitations on injunctions against the assessment and collection of tax, examination procedures and collections procedures. Students are also introduced to ethical obligations of tax advisors.

TAX 4005 Taxation Research and Writing (1 Credit)

Research sources, techniques, and practice; in-depth research of selected areas. Emphasis on argument and communication of conclusions; evaluation of legislative history and administrative authorities.

TAX 4120 Qualified Pension and Profit Sharing Plans (4 Credits)

An in-depth study of ERISA, labor department rules, and Internal Revenue Code provisions relating to qualified deferred compensation. The course is geared toward an understanding of all the pension and profit sharing rules required for plan qualification, with emphasis on qualified plan planning for both incorporated and unincorporated forms of business.

TAX 4210 Estate & Gift Taxation (4 Credits)

Taxation of gratuitous transfers under the federal estate and gift tax codes, including taxable inter vivos gifts, annual exclusion, gift-splitting, gift tax charitable deduction, gift tax on powers of appointment, estate tax on owned interests, property transferred inter vivos with retained interests and powers, property subject to powers of appointment or transferred in contemplation of death, jointly owned property, life insurance proceeds, annuities and employee death benefits, marital deduction, charitable deduction, estate tax credits, estate tax deductions, valuation problems.

TAX 4220 Fiduciary Income Taxation (4 Credits)

Federal income taxation of estates and trusts. Included is a discussion of the concept of an estate or trust; trust accounting income for a simple and complex trust; calculation of taxable income, including special rules on the calculation of distributable net income, capital gains, personal exemptions, and charitable contributions; the separate share rule and trapping distributions; income in respect of a decedent; the grantor trust rules under Sections 671-678; and the calculation of the alternative minimum tax.

TAX 4230 Estate Planning (3 Credits)

Estate analysis, including fact gathering and the analysis of data; the psychological aspects of "role playing" in estate planning; the members of the team (the attorney, the CPA, the life underwriter, the trust officer); life insurance in an estate and business planning context; planning with trusts. including revocable, short-term, and irrevocable; the transfer of a closely held business interest from one generation to the next, including full and partial stock redemptions, cross purchase agreements, private annuity, installment sale, retirement, recapitalization, qualified and nonqualified plans of deferred compensation; special estate planning considerations for the professional corporation, the highly paid executive, and the farmer and rancher; specific cases analyzed. Prerequisite: TAX 4210.

TAX 4240 Tax and Financial Planning (3 Credits)

This is an introductory, integrated course focusing on personal financial planning. Topics covered include cash flow projections and budgeting, annual and multiple period income tax planning, an introduction to taxation of investments, an insurance and liability coverage survey, retirement planning, and estate and succession planning.

TAX 4250 Ethics in Tax Practice (3 Credits)

An examination of the ethical rules and considerations affecting lawyers and accountants in tax practice, including transactional, compliance and controversy matters.

TAX 4315 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (1-4 Credits)

TAX 4386 Graduate Tax Program Externship (2-4 Credits)

The Graduate Tax Program (GTP) encourages students to gain practical experience and to develop professional skills in the field of taxation. Externships are supervised by faculty and GLS department who interact with the eligible student and the employer or organization that provides the externship. The externship should provide a new learning experience for the student intern and must be related to taxation. Satisfactory completion of the externship will result in a passing grade for the externship. The GTP Director or a full time GTP faculty member may serve as Faculty Supervisor for GTP externs.

TAX 4410 Taxation-Natural Resources (3 Credits)

Tax problems encountered in the acquisition, operation, and disposition of natural resource properties; pre-production expenditures, depletion, depreciation, and ad valorem taxes; emphasis on overall tax planning for natural resource ventures.

TAX 4420 International Taxation (4 Credits)

Introduction to U.S. international taxation with an equal emphasis on inbound and outbound transactions. Resident and nonresident alien taxation, withholding taxes, effectively connected (business) income, foreign investment in U.S. real estate, tax treaties, branch taxes, earnings stripping, conduit financing rules, foreign earned income exclusion, foreign tax credit, controlled foreign corporations, passive foreign investment companies, export transactions, Subpart F manufacturing rules, outbound property transfers, and transfer pricing. Cross listed with LAWS 4344.

TAX 4430 Exempt Organizations (3 Credits)

An examination of the statutory exemptions for "charities," social welfare organizations, social clubs, homeowners' associations, fraternal orders, employee benefit organizations, mutual or cooperative companies, business and professional leagues, labor unions, property title companies, federally organized or chartered organizations, political organizations, and other exempt organizations; rules on electioneering and lobbying activities; taxation of private foundations; prohibited transaction rules; the tax on unrelated business income, including debt-financed income; excise tax exemptions; administrative appeal and declaratory judgment procedures; anti-discrimination considerations; charitable contributions.

TAX 4470 Employment Tax (2 Credits)

Explore existing employment tax risks, recognize employment tax planning opportunities through appropriate compensation and entity structuring techniques, analyze proper worker classification, and highlight preventative techniques to avoid personal liability.

TAX 4490 State & Local Taxation (3 Credits)

Taxable incidents, privilege tax, discrimination, and multiple taxation under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution; taxation based on class legislation and the Equal Protection Clause; nexus or jurisdictional due process; allocation and apportionment formulas; business versus nonbusiness income; multi-state tax compact; unitary concept; residence definitions; nonresident income sources; tax credits and short period returns for individual income taxpayers; sales of tangible personal property; retail and wholesale sales; taxable and nontaxable leases; contractors rule, exemptions, and resale certificates under sales and use tax statutes; valuation techniques for real personal property; and administrative and judicial appeal of property tax valuations and assessments.

TAX 4500 Consolidated Returns (3 Credits)

Methods used by related corporations to report income and losses; affiliation and consolidation; computation of consolidated taxable income; allocation of consolidated tax liability; deferred intercompany transactions; treatment of investments in affiliates; earnings and profits; impact of corporate combination and separation.

TAX 4600 Seminar: Selected Topics (2-4 Credits)

Recognition of tax problems and opportunities for a broad range of transactions encountered by individuals. Areas include family income splitting and other tax reduction and avoidance techniques; portfolio transactions, including short sales, puts and calls, and commodity futures; structuring agreements in contemplation of marriage or arising out of separation or divorce; personal insurance; charitable contributions; net operating losses; alternative minimum tax; various year-end planning techniques.

TAX 4620 Accounting for Income Taxes (ASC 740) (2 Credits)

Examines the financial accounting and reporting of income taxes under Statement of Financial Accounting Standards Codification Topic 740 (FASB ASC 740), formerly known as FAS 109, and related accounting literature. Topics include the calculation of current and deferred income taxes, an overview of book-tax differences, the calculation of interim period tax provisions and the presentation and disclosure of income taxes in financial statements. Students will learn the basics of accounting for income taxes related to advanced topics such as stock compensation expense, foreign operations, state income taxes, accounting for uncertain tax positions (formerly known as FIN 48), business combinations, inter-company transactions and valuation allowances.

TAX 4980 Internship (0 Credits)

The Graduate Tax Program (GTP) encourages students to gain practical experience and to develop professional skills in the field of taxation. Internships are supervised by faculty who interact with the eligible student and the employer or organization that provides the internship. The internship should provide a new learning experience for the student intern and must be related to taxation. Satisfactory completion of the internship results in a passing grade for the internship. The GTP Director or a full time GTP faculty member may serve as Faculty Supervisor for GTP interns. Students must obtain approval from the GTP Director or a full-time GTP faculty member.

TAX 4991 Independent Study (1-4 Credits)

Opportunity to study and write in any area agreed upon between the student and a member of the faculty. The student is required to produce a written work of publishable quality to receive a final grade for the course. The 4 quarter-hour maximum may be applied toward graduation requirements with no more than 2 quarter hours in any one quarter. Must obtain pre-approval from the Graduate Tax Program.

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