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Hours to complete

Approx. 36 hours to complete

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English

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Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 36 hours to complete

Suggested: 6-8 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE

In this module, you will become familiar with the course, your instructor and your classmates, and our learning environment. This orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required to navigate and be successful in this course....
Reading
1 video (Total 3 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Reading4 readings
A Note from Your Instructor5m
Syllabus15m
About the Discussion Forums10m
Update Your Profile10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz10m
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

MODULE 1: AN INTRODUCTION TO TAXATION

In this module, you will be introduced to the different kinds of taxes faced by U.S. taxpayers and the U.S. federal income tax structure. The origin of tax law and its constitutionality is discussed along with a brief history of the different changes in rates that have occurred since the 16th amendment was passed. Finally, we will discover the three different sources of new tax laws and rules....
Reading
9 videos (Total 78 min), 1 reading, 10 quizzes
Video9 videos
Evaluating a Tax System4m
The Tax Structure12m
The Tax Structure: Examples6m
Types of Taxes14m
Origins of Tax Law5m
Statutory Sources of Tax Law6m
Administrative Sources of Tax Law10m
Judicial Sources of Tax Law7m
Reading1 reading
Module 1 Overview and Resources10m
Quiz10 practice exercises
Lesson 1.1 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 1.2 Knowledge Check30m
Lesson 1.3 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 1.4 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 1.5 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 1.6 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 1.7 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 1.8 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 1.9 Knowledge Check10m
Module 1 Quiz30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

MODULE 2: COMPUTING THE TAX

In this module, we will take a deeper dive into each part of the U.S. federal income tax structure, with a focus on what is included in gross income. We will learn how for-AGI deductions reduce gross income to generate adjusted gross income, or AGI, and why AGI is an important number which determines the floors and ceilings of many from-AGI deductions. We will also discuss who qualifies as a dependent. We will wrap up the module with a discussion of the actual calculation of the tax as well as filing status and filing requirements....
Reading
6 videos (Total 71 min), 3 readings, 7 quizzes
Video6 videos
Deductions and AGI7m
Qualifying Children and Qualifying Relatives23m
Tax Calculation10m
Filing Status10m
Filing Requirements and Other Dependent Issues10m
Reading3 readings
Module 2 Overview and Resources10m
Standard Deduction Amounts for 201810m
Tax Rate Schedules for 201810m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Lesson 2.1 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 2.2 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 2.3 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 2.4 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 2.5 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 2.6 Knowledge Check10m
Module 2 Quiz30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

MODULE 3: GROSS INCOME

In this module, you will take a deeper dive into gross income, specifically regarding statutory inclusions. Congress, the courts, and the IRS have specific rules on whether and when certain income items are included as gross income. These rules provide clarification in situations where it is unclear whether money or property received should actually be included as income. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 61 min), 1 reading, 7 quizzes
Video6 videos
Accounting Methods6m
Accounting Method Exceptions8m
Gross Income I: Alimony, Discharge of Indebtedness, Annuities11m
Gross Income: Example7m
Gross Income II: Prizes, Life Insurance, Unemployment Compensation, Social Security Benefits11m
Reading1 reading
Module 3 Overview and Resources10m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Lesson 3.1 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 3.2 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 3.3 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 3.4 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 3.5 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 3.6 Knowledge Check10m
Module 3 Quiz30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

MODULE 4: GROSS INCOME: EXCLUSIONS

In this module, you will take a deeper dive into gross income, specifically regarding statutory exclusions. Congress, the courts, and the IRS allow exclusions of money or property received by the taxpayer for various reasons. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 53 min), 2 readings, 6 quizzes
Video5 videos
Scholarships, Payments for Damages, Compensation for Injuries and Sickness16m
Meals and Lodging, Recovery of Capital Issues10m
Employee Fringe Benefits: Non-Discriminatory11m
Employee Fringe Benefits: Discriminatory5m
Reading2 readings
Module 4 Overview and Resources10m
Sharing "Goodreads"10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Lesson 4.1 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 4.2 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 4.3 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 4.4 Knowledge Check10m
Lesson 4.5 Knowledge Check10m
Module 4 Quiz30m
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By RGSep 6th 2018

Completed on September 5, 2018 - excellent introduction course that can lead to a Coursera Certificate titled "U.S. Federal Taxation Specialization" sponsored by the University of Illinois.

By BMOct 23rd 2018

EXCELLENT VIDEOS, GREAT QUIZ, PRACTICAL APPLICATION AND SOLVING OF PROBLEM GREATLY HELPS IN UNDERSTANDING THE CONCEPT, AT THE SAME TIME TEACHES TO APPLY THE CONCEPT!!

Instructors

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Matthew Hutchens

Lecturer of Accountancy
Department of Accountancy
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Petro Lisowsky, PhD, CPA

Associate Professor of Accountancy
College of Business: Department of Accountancy
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About the U.S. Federal Taxation Specialization

This Specialization introduces the U.S. federal tax system via conceptual and applied material. Learners will be able to apply basic principles to settings involving individuals, corporations, and other business entities, complete key components of major, individual U.S. federal tax returns, and identify tax-related strategies and implications of structuring transactions and organizations....
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