Reviewing Individual Tax Returns

Description

The sheer mass of Internal Revenue Code provisions affecting individual taxpayers presents a considerable challenge for CPAs and tax professionals. These provisions combined with the potential for input error when utilizing the array of income tax software available, create the potential for a multitude of errors that can occur when preparing your client's tax return. Join us as we discuss the common mistakes practitioners make when preparing individual tax returns that are often missed by review staff. Refresh and hone your skills with interactive case studies that examine individual tax returns. Learn about issues that may warrant additional client information and about areas of tax law that require deeper analysis. This course follows a highly illustrative case study format to increase participant comprehension and retention.

Highlights

Common errors made involving the following tax forms:

  • Passive-activity losses
  • Qualified business income deduction
  • Home office
  • Schedule C activity and hobby losses
  • Business startups and deductions
  • Automobile expenses
  • Alimony
  • Discharge of debt

Objectives

  • Identify common mistakes made on individual tax returns.
  • Determine strategies to avoid making mistakes on individual tax returns.

Designed For

CPAs working with clients requiring up-to-date expertise in individual income taxation for the current tax season



Leaders

Andrew Blum

ANDREW F. BLUM, J.D., LL.M., CPA A. F. Blum, Attorney-CPA/Stuart, Florida

Andrew is currently working as an independent attorney, CPA and speaker on estate, tax, retirement and financial planning.

Before working on his own, Andrew worked as a financial advisor with two major wire houses. He developed financial, retirement and estate plans, and implemented those plans.

From 1989 until his retirement in 2011 at the rank of Commander, Andrew was a JAG Corps attorney with the US Navy Reserves. His diverse legal work included military justice prosecution, military disability law, international law, health care law, environmental law, tax law, estate planning and he developed & implemented the Navy Electronic Tax Filing Program. Of his 22 years with the Navy he served 4 times on active duty totaling 12 years.

From 2004 to 2011, he was a trial attorney for the State of Florida in various capacities and agencies when not on active duty.

He was in private law practice from 1996-2000 in Pinellas County, FL concentrating in estate planning and compliance, tax planning and compliance, pension and small business law. He also was in private law practice in Broward County, FL from 1987 to 1989 also concentrating in estate planning and compliance, tax planning and compliance, pension and small business law.

Prior to attending law school he worked in the audit and tax departments of Coopers & Lybrand in their Fort Lauderdale office.

Andrew received his J.D from Nova Southeastern University and an LL.M in Taxation from the University of Miami. He also has his B.B.A. from the University of Miami.

He has been a Florida CPA since 1982 and a Florida Attorney since 1986.