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- NEW END-OF-CHAPTER COMPUTATIONAL EXERCISES PROVIDE ESSENTIAL PRACTICE. Students gain critical hands-on experience and practice with new Computational Exercises in most chapters that tie directly to chapter Learning Objectives.
- NEW CLEAR DESIGN FOR THIS EDITION’S EXAMPLES CLARIFY AND REINFORCE CONCEPTS. Enhancements to this edition’s design make it easier for students to read and quickly understand the concepts.
- ADDITIONAL CONCEPT SUMMARIES ASSIST IN REVIEW AND ENSURE UNDERSTANDING. At least three fresh new Concept Summaries per chapter recap key points and demonstrate the value of what readers are learning.
- MORE CENGAGENOW ALGORITHMIC PROBLMES PROVIDE CRITICAL HANDS-ON PRACTICE. Additional Algorithmic problems in CengageNOW reinforce tax content in each chapter.
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- PRACTICAL CONCLUSIONS REINFORCE TAX SCENARIOS INTRODUCED IN BIG PICTURE EXAMPLES. Returning to the client situations introduced in the chapter opening, end-of-chapter “Refocus on the Big Picture” summaries and tax planning scenarios apply concepts and chapter topics with professional solutions. A “What If?” section demonstrates how tax treatments can vary as a result of potential changes in the filer’s situation, further preparing readers for tax planning.
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- REAL-WORLD FEATURES HELP STUDENTS UNDERSTAND TODAY’S MODERN TAX ENVIRONMENT. Drawn from today’s business and popular press, “Tax in the News” features enliven class discussions by presenting current issues that illustrate the chapter material and apply them to real life.
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- CHAPTER OUTLINES HELP YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS PREPARE FOR CLASS. Each chapter begins with a chapter outline that directs students to the right topics for study or reference.
- PRACTICAL TAX SCENARIOS START EVERY CHAPTER. The “Big Picture: Tax Solutions For The Real World” feature gives a glimpse into the lives, families, careers and tax situations of typical individual filers. Each Big Picture case asks students to apply what they will learn in the upcoming chapter to develop the best tax solution for these real-life dilemmas.
- BIG PICTURE EXAMPLES HELP STUDENTS FOLLOW CLIENTS THROUGH THE CHAPTER. Approximately four examples out of the many in every chapter are based on the “Big Picture” tax situation that opens the chapter. These examples help students understand new topics as they bring a more consistent application of data and practical tax stories that span the whole chapter.
1. An Introduction to Taxation and Understanding the Federal Tax Law.
2. Working with the Tax Law.
3. Tax Formula and Tax Determination; An Overview of Property Transactions.
PART II: GROSS INCOME.
4. Gross Income: Concepts and Inclusions.
5. Gross Income: Exclusions.
PART III: DEDUCTIONS.
6. Deductions and Losses: In General.
7. Deductions and Losses: Certain Business Expenses and Losses.
8. Depreciation, Cost Recovery, Amortization, and Depletion.
9. Deductions: Employee and Self-Employed-Related Expenses.
10. Deductions and Losses: Certain Itemized Deductions.
11. Investor Losses.
PART IV: SPECIAL TAX COMPUTATION METHODS, PAYMENT PROCEDURES, AND TAX CREDITS.
12. Alternative Minimum Tax.
13. Tax Credits and Payment Procedures.
PART V: PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS.
14. Property Transactions: Determination of Gain or Loss and Basic Considerations.
15. Property Transactions: Nontaxable Exchanges.
16. Property Transactions: Capital Gains and Losses.
17. Property Transactions: Section 1231 and Recapture Provisions.
PART VI: ACCOUNTING PERIODS, ACCOUNTING METHODS, AND DEFERRED COMPENSATION.
18. Accounting Periods and Methods.
19. Deferred Compensation.
PART VII: CORPORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS.
20. Corporations and Partnerships.
Appendix A: Tax Rate Schedules and Tables.
Appendix B: Tax Forms.
Appendix C: Glossary.
Appendix D: Table of Code Sections Cited, Table of Regulations Cited,
Table of Revenue Procedures and Revenue Rulings Cited.
Appendix E: Comprehensive Tax Return Problems.
Appendix F: Table of Cases Cited.
Appendix G: Depreciation.
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