U.S. Federal Taxation Specialization
U.S. Federal Taxation of Individuals & Businesses. Learners will develop knowledge in U.S. federal taxation as applied to individuals and businesses.
About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
Courses within this specialization involve multiple projects within each course, including preparing tax returns and real-world applications of tax principles. In addition, the Capstone for this specialization is comprised of a comprehensive project reflecting key principles of all four foundational courses.
Some related experience required.
Some related experience required.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
While you may work at your own pace, the Specialization is comprised of 4 8-week courses and a 3-week capstone.
What background knowledge is necessary?
You should have some knowledge of business environments (either via other courses or work experience) and basic mathematics skills. It is also beneficial if you have some experience with common spreadsheet software applications.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
The first two courses provide foundational knowledge for the other courses in the Specialization. Thus, it is recommended that the courses be completed in the listed order, the capstone will be available to those that have passed all four courses.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You will be able to apply basic and intermediate principles of U.S. federal taxation to a variety of individual and business settings. You will be able to prepare key components of the U.S. federal tax return for individuals and small business owners (Form 1040) and business use property (Form 4562). You will be able to compare and identify basic tax strategies related to organizational structure, including various types of corporations, partnerships, and other entities.
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