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Training for Business Professionals

Who Should  Attend?

Tax return preparers, staff accountants, and paraprofessionals with little or no experience and out of practice public accountants seeking a basic tax return preparation course.

Area of Study:


8 hours


Advance Preparation:

Group Live or Internet Based

  Hands-On Tax Return Workshop – S Corporations (Form 1120S)

This case-driven training is designed to get the inexperienced accountant up to speed quickly in the most common areas of S-corporation taxation. The cornerstone of this course is the preparation of the Form 1120S using a fairly complex trial balance common to most S corporation income tax returns.

Learning Objectives:

Once participants have completed this session they should be able to:

       - Prepare a complete Form 1120S income tax return and related schedules with minimal review points

       - Understand the S corporation income tax law from a tax-form perspective and become more knowledgeable with the ​    
         information gathering process (i.e. asking the right questions)

Course Highlights

​This session is taught using a Hands-On methodology.  Using a comprehensive trial balance, the participant will walk through the steps to prepare a complete and accurate Form 1120S (and related schedules) Each participant will receive a comprehensive S corporation income tax reference manual that includes numerous practice aids, real world examples, new Federal income tax forms and schedules, and Pat Garverick’s Quick Reference Chart.  Topics include:

Extensive review of the S corporation tax laws with an emphasis on any new legislative changes

       - Schedule K analysis – determined if income statement items are treated as separately (i.e. schedule K) or non-
         separately stated income and expense items

       - Discuss how schedule K items get allocated to shareholders on their schedule K-1s

       - Look at what relevant information related to the 3.8% net investment income tax needs to be reported to the

       - Talk about the unreasonably low officer compensation issues

       - Learn the special tax treatment of fringe benefits paid to 2% shareholders and family members

       - Schedule M-1 – calculate the reconciliation of income or loss per books with income or loss per income tax return

       - Schedule M-2 – detailed step-by-step calculation of the AAA, OAA and PTI accounts

       - Basic overview of the tax treatment of distributions including when a S corporation has prior C corporation earnings and
         profits (E&P)

       - Review the importance and basics of calculating a shareholder’s stock and debt basis

       - Basic overview of the potential S corporation built in gains tax from the conversion of a C to S corporation