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CPE Self-Study

Accounting Methods and Periods - Tax Staff Essentials

  • $59.00-$69.00
    Accounting Methods and Periods - Tax Staff Essentials Online Access Product #: 157692
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    Non-Member: $69.00

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This CPE course provides you with an overview of the various factors considered for the determination of the proper accounting method (such as cash, accrual) and provides detailed examples of court rulings and client examples (for specific industries) involving each. The course also discusses accounting periods, and considerations for changes in the accounting period of an entity. In addition, this resource provides a case study and example tax forms to highlight how to identify which IRS Revenue Procedures are applicable to a given client situation, as well as how and when to prepare the Form 3115.

Key Topics:

  • What constitutes a method
  • Cash versus accrual
  • Automatic changes
  • Changes needing permission
  • When and how to change a method
  • How to account for the change in method

Learning Objectives

This course will prepare you to:

  • Recognize when the use of the cash method is appropriate
  • Understand and apply the basic rules for a change in accounting method
  • Choose a proper accounting period under the federal tax rules
  • Identify which IRS Revenue Procedure(s) provides the guidance for a given scenario for a taxpayer to change their accounting method with the IRS
  • Prepare the Federal Form 3115 – Application for Change in Accounting Method and understand how and when this form should be filed by the taxpayer

Prerequisite: None

Advanced Preparation: None

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About the Authors

Joseph Walsh, BS, MBA, JD, LL.M.



About the Publisher

AICPA

About the AICPA The American Institute of CPAs is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 412,000 members in 144 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. Through a joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, it has established the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation, which sets a new standard for global recognition of management accounting.