About this Specialization

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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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Intermediate Level
Approx. 9 months to complete
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English
Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
50%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level
Approx. 9 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Federal Taxation I: Individuals, Employees, and Sole Proprietors

4.9
stars
308 ratings
71 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Federal Taxation II: Property Transactions of Business Owners and Shareholders

4.9
stars
101 ratings
18 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Taxation of Business Entities I: Corporations

4.6
stars
84 ratings
15 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Taxation of Business Entities II: Pass-Through Entities

4.8
stars
31 ratings
7 reviews

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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This specialization is part of the 100% online Master of Science in Accountancy (iMSA) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

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  • 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.

  • While you may work at your own pace, the Specialization is comprised of 4 8-week courses and a 3-week capstone.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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