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Certificate in Taxation - Individual Taxation

Complete Coursework: 15 months* Credit Hours: 12
Tuition: $11,676 in-state / $11,856 out-of-state

The individual tax certificate provides focused training and credentials to the tax practitioner in the area of individual taxation. The practitioner will gain extensive knowledge in the area of federal income taxation as it relates to individuals.

The Certificate in Individual Taxation requires the student to successfully complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of specific coursework. In addition to two required courses in individual taxation, the student must choose an additional 8 credit hours of electives from an array of topics such as Estate & Gift Taxation, IRS Practice and Procedures and Federal Tax Planning and Research.

Courses in the Individual Tax Certificate Program may also be used to satisfy the degree requirements for the MS Tax and are applicable towards completion of required hours for the CPA exam. The Individual Tax Certificate Program is also a focused alternative to providing high quality, cost effective CPE (continuing professional education).

*Average certificate completion times range from 12-18 months, depending on program start date.

Course Listing

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Please note this is subject to change based on University discretion'.

Required Courses
ACCT 8023
Individual Tax: Structure
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2
Examines topics in the area of individual federal income taxation including but not limited to: income (active, passive, portfolio), adjustments to income, adjusted gross income (AGI) and deductions limited by AGI, personal exemptions, filing status, itemized deductions, taxable income and the regular income tax calculation.
ACCT 8043
Individual Tax: Special Topics
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2
Examines topics in the area of individual federal income taxation including but not limited to: property transactions, minimum tax, investment interest expense limitations, charitable contributions, property settlements, and tax shelters.
Elective Courses
ACCT 8030
Partnership Taxation
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2
Provides an in-depth study of the tax issues related to one of the central flow-through entities, the partnership. The increasing popularity of flow-through entities as an organizational form has made an understanding of the tax issues related to this type of entity an important area of study for tax professionals. Topics include capital formation, operations, transactions between the partner and the partnership, distributions, sales of partnership interests, and liquidation of the partnership.
ACCT 8041
S Corporations
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2
Topics include: Income tax treatment of S Corporations and their shareholders, built-in gains tax and excess net passive income tax; operating and distribution rules, shareholders basis, NOL pass-through rules; formation, reorganizations, QSUBS, and state income tax consequences.
ACCT 8044
State and Local Taxation
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2
Addresses the most common types of taxes imposed by state and local governments. Examines state and local income, sales, and excise, property, and city taxes. Emphasis is on the underlying Page 4 of 5 principles governing the application of each type of tax and the interrelationships where they exist.
ACCT 8046
Estate and Gift Taxation
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2
Focuses on the study of the taxes common to the transfer of property and wealth. Topics include gift tax deductions and exclusions, estate valuation, state tax deductions and exemptions, and tax rates. Also explores planning opportunities for these wealth transfer taxes. Extensive coverage of new and proposed legislation is included.
ACCT 8040
Federal Tax Planning and Research – 1
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1
This capstone course is the first in a series of four courses designed to provide a guided, in depth income tax research project. Research in Tax 1 requires the identification of a research topic and specific tax issues to be approved by the graduate faculty, identification of a mentor (senior level associated at the student’s organization or graduate faculty member) and submission of a paper outlining the research project.
ACCT 8050
Federal Tax Planning and Research – 2
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1
This capstone course is the second in a series of four courses designed to provide a guided, in depth income tax research project. Research in Tax 2 requires the identification of primary, secondary and other research sources that will be used to support conclusions, the documentation of a process of research, the identification of preliminary conclusions, the submission of a research document including sources to be used in the rough draft and the final research paper.
ACCT 8060
Federal Tax Planning and Research – 3
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1
This capstone course is the third in a series of four courses designed to provide a guided, in depth income tax research project. Research in Tax 3 requires the submission of a rough draft of the research project including proper citations in research paper format.
ACCT 8070
Federal Tax Planning and Research – 4
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1
This capstone course is the fourth in a series of four courses designed to provide a guided, in depth income tax research project. Research in Tax 4 requires the submission of the final research project including proper citations in research paper format.

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