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Fall 2020

Course Description
This course considers the core concepts in federal income tax. All of the following topics will take account of the changes made in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and will follow new guidance issued by the Internal Revenue Service during the semester. We will consider the determination of income, deductions, and credits. We will look at the complex rules applicable to the computation and use of losses. We will consider a range of tax incentives, including accelerated depreciation and the earned income tax credit. We will also look at issues of income shifting in the taxation of families and the use of tax shelters to create losses or basis. Tax provisions must be comprehensible to taxpayers and administrable by the IRS, and we will consider this in considering how we might draft "better" tax provisions in some areas. In addition to introducing you to federal income tax, this course will help you develop skills that are important for effective practice in many areas of law, including tax: (1) working with statutes and regulations; (2) understanding business transactions; (3) planning for successful outcomes within the legal rules and principles that define an area of law.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-17-2020 - 11-17-2020   TR  4:10 PM-5:50 PM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 4
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Basic
Entertainment, Music, & Sports - Related
Government & Regulation - Related
Bar Subject(s): None
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Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Federal Income Taxation
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Graetz, et al
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    Edition: 8th edition
    ISBN: 978-1640206809
  • Textbook Name: Selected Federal Taxation Statutes & Regulations
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Lathrope
    Publisher: West Academic
    Edition: 2021
    ISBN: 978-1647081904
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: The first class assignment and all other course related information/materials will be posted on Blackboard.   



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-2642
Office: G283