Tax Basis Financial Statements and Other Special Purpose Framework (10 hrs)

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Tax Basis Financial Statements and Other Special Purpose Framework

The objective of this course is to discuss the general rules and applications used in the preparation of and reporting on tax-basis financial statements and other bases of accounting found within the special purpose framework (also referred to as other comprehensive bases of accounting).

Topics include an overview of the types of special purpose frameworks, advantages and disadvantages of using tax-basis financial statements, tax-basis accrual versus cash basis, reviewing the key differences between GAAP and tax-basis revenue and expenses and other differences, tax-basis disclosures, reporting options for tax-basis financial statements, unusual reporting and presentation issues related to tax-basis financial statements, an overview of other types of special purpose frameworks including pure cash basis, modified cash basis, regulatory basis, contractual basis, and the other basis of accounting, and more.

The course also addresses the presentation and disclosures for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC), the Pass-Through Entity (PTE) tax, and leases

Course information

This course is included in our Accounting and Auditing CPE Bundle and the MEGA CPE Unlimited Bundle

Course No. F190
Instructional Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study
Format: Online pdf (303 pages). Printed book available.
Prerequisites: General understanding of U.S. GAAP, compilation and review and auditing standards, and federal income taxation
Advance Preparation:None
Level: Overview
CPE Credit: 10 Hrs. (5 Hrs. Accounting, 5 Hrs. Auditing)
Field of Study: Accounting/Auditing
Course expiration:  You have one year from date of purchase to complete the course.
Course Revision Date: April 2024


Course Objectives

After reading the course material, you will be able to:

  • Identify an accounting standard that exempts non-public entities from its application
  • Recall a disadvantage of the AICPA’s Financial Reporting Framework for SMEs
  • Recognize the type of criteria on which the other basis of accounting is based
  • Recall whether a one-member LLC is permitted to issue TBFS
  • Identify the best use for tax-basis accrual financial statements
  • Recognize an example of a permanent difference
  • Recall an example of a GAAP disclosure that can be eliminated by using TBFS
  • Identify a situation in which tax-basis financial statements might be misleading
  • Recall ways in which nontaxable revenues and nondeductible expenses can be presented in TBFS
  • Recognize which type of exchange of assets no longer qualifies for like-kind treatment in TBFS.
  • Recall how to account for the installment sales method under GAAP as compared with TBFS.
  • Recognize how an entity accounts for a change in accounting method in the tax-basis of accounting
  • Identify how to account for certain transactions on TBFS
  • Recognize whether supplementary information is part of the financial statements
  • Identify titles that are appropriate and not appropriate for TBFS
  • Recall types of legends that might be included on pages of  TBFS
  • Recall how a statement of cash flows should be accounted for and presented in TBFS
  • Recognize the rules for presenting a statement of comprehensive income in TBFS
  • Identify categories of disclosures that should be included in tax-basis financial statements
  • Recognize elements that are and are not relevant to tax-basis financial statements in preparing a summary of significant accounting policies
  • Recall how certain GAAP disclosures should be handled in TBFS
  • Recall how to account for the pass-through entity (PTE) tax under tax-basis financial statements.
  • Recognize the reporting requirement for preparation and compilation of TBFS engagements under SSARS Nos. 21-25
  • Recall the appropriate title for a review report on tax-basis financial statements
  • Identify certain language that should be included in an audit report on TBFS
  • Identify the reporting option when an entity changes from GAAP to TBFS
  • Recognize how an accountant should report on a grantor trust or one-member LLC
  • Identify the disclosures that are required if an accountant issues a report on a tax return
  • Recall the rules to issue a compilation report on a tax return
  • Identify disclosures that are and are not relevant to cash-basis financial statements
  • Recognize an element that would be made in a summary of significant accounting policies for the modified cash basis
  • Identify other types of special purpose frameworks other than tax basis


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