Basic Marital Tax Matters (2 hrs)

Course Description

Basic Marital Tax Matters – 2 hrs. CPE

In this mini-course, initial marital tax matters such as living together, property rights, premarital agreements, filing status, exemptions, and dependents are explored. The detail support test for children of divorced or separated parents, the tax treatment of back child support, the deduction of divorce costs, and estimated tax payments are reviewed. Emphasis is given to marital property rules, married versus unmarried tax rate comparison, head of household status, and treatment of refunds and deficiencies.

Course Information

Price: $33
Course No. M240
Format: Online pdf (63 pages). Printed book available.
Prerequisites: General understanding of federal income taxation
Advance Preparation:None
Level: Overview
CPE Credit: 2 hrs.
Field of Study: Taxes
Course expiration:  You have one year from date of purchase to complete the course.
Course Revision Date: January 2017

Objectives

Learning Assignments & Objectives

At the start of the materials, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Marital status
* Joint return
* Separate returns
* Head of household
* Exemptions
* Divorce costs
* Withholding & estimated tax
* Community property states
* Ending the community
* Living together
Learning Objectives
After reading the materials, participants will be able to:
1. Identify marital status and the effect marital status has on filing status, cite the tax advantages and disadvantages of a filing status and, specify the requirements for filing as head of household and the exemptions associated with spouses and dependents.
2. Recognize the differences between custodial and non-custodial parents including how the status affects dependency, identify the application of special support rules, and specify the dependent child income standards.
3. Determine common law and community property noting their affect on marital and divorce planning, and identify the circumstances when payments qualify as §71 alimony.
After studying the materials, answer the exam questions 1 to 10.

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