Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Maximizing Itemized Deductions under the New Law

Author: Greg White

CPE Credit:  2 hours for CPAs
2 hours Federal Tax Related for EAs and OTRPs
2 hours Federal Tax Law for CTEC

How Can You Maximize Deductions under Tax Reform?
Join experienced practitioner and instructor Greg White, CPA, for an in-depth look at how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) affects the deductions your clients are able to use on their tax returns. There have been many changes in this area and your clients are counting on you to make sure that they can get the best possible tax treatment on home mortgage interest, charitable deductions, and many others that are affected by the TCJA reforms.

Publication Date: June 2018

Designed For
CPAs EAs, tax professionals in public practice and tax staff in private practice who have some experience with federal tax issues and concepts.

Topics Covered

  • Standard Deduction and Personal Exemptions
  • Planning for Itemized Deductions-Playing the Hand You're Dealt
  • Home Mortgage Interest Limits
  • Transforming Interest Expense-Planning to increase interest deductions
  • Debt-financed Distributions
  • Property/Income/Sales Taxes
  • Charitable Contributions
  • Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions
  • Suspension of Unreimbursed Employee Exp.
  • Our Fees
  • Hobby Losses: Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire
  • Gambling Losses
  • State Tax "Work Arounds"
  • Pease Limitation
  • QBID Not Itemized
  • 7.5% Medical
  • Personal Casualty Losses
  • Health Savings Accounts ("HSA's")
  • Investment Advisory Fees
  • 2% Misc. Itemized
  • Investment Advisory Fees
  • Lender's Bagels Case Study
  • AMT

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize how to maximize itemized deductions under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • Identify how donor-advised funds and qualifying charitable distributions can maximize deductible charitable contributions at a minimal cost
  • Recognize and apply case law and administrative guidance to increase the deduction for tax preparation fees
  • Differentiate deductible home mortgage interest deductibility, including the refinancing rules
  • Describe how to apply tax regulations to derive benefit from investment advisory fees
  • Recognize elections to increase the deduction for taxes on investment property
  • Identify the new standard deduction for head of households as a result of the TCJA
  • Differentiate true statements with respect to the new mortgage interest rules
  • Describe correct statements regarding HSA accounts and the impacts from the new tax regulations
  • Identify the new AMT exemption amount for single filers starting in 2018
  • Differentiate tax deductions eliminated as a result of the TCJA
  • Describe unreimbursed employee expenses suspended from 2018-2025 for purposes of tax deduction
  • Identify which types of tax preparation fees that can no longer be deducted above the line
  • Recognize the medical expense floor for 2019 and after
  • Identify the approximate 2017 amount taxpayers paid AMT
  • Recognize reasons fewer taxpayers are expected to pay AMT in 2018

Level
Intermediate

Instructional Method
Self-Study

NASBA Field of Study
Taxes (2 hours)

Program Prerequisites
A basic understanding of federal taxation concepts and itemized deductions on individual income tax returns.

Advance Preparation
None

Registration Options
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Fees
Regular Fee $59

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