Preparing Individual Tax Returns for New Staff and Paraprofessionals

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2024 – Wednesday, April 30, 2025

  • 8.00

The objective of this course is to train new staff accountants, data processing employees, paraprofessionals, and bookkeepers to prepare a moderately complex federal individual income tax return (Form 1040). Over the years, thousands of new staff have received practical, hands-on experience to become familiar with tax forms. This course covers the latest tax law changes, making it essential for your new staff.


  • Learn complicated issues of filing status and dependency exemptions
  • Learn about Schedules A, B, C, D, E, and SE; Forms 8867, 4797, and 4562; passive rules and more
  • Complete comprehensive problems related to Schedules A, C, and D; QBI, 4797, 6251, and more, all with “filled-in” forms
  • Learn about IRA contributions, self-employed retirement plans, child-care credits, and the adoption tax credit


  • New and expanded energy credits under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
  • Preparation of various Form 1040 individual tax returns and schedules; provided answers include “filled-in” forms 
  • Coverage of Form 7203 
  • Coverage of §199A qualified business income, its calculation, limitations, and examples 
  • Dividends and interest – Ordinary, return of capital, and capital gain distribution dividends; tax-exempt interest, original issue discount, etc. 
  • Security transactions – From Form 1099-B to Form 8949 to Schedule D, plus mutual fund sales and related basis issues 
  • Self-employed person issues 
  • Schedule C deductions including depreciation 
  • Sale and exchange of property – Understanding Form 4797 and depreciation recapture; capital gains 
  • A working understanding of passive losses – How to handle rental property and how the passive loss rules flow to the tax forms 
  • Itemized deductions – A thorough understanding of what’s deductible and what’s not 
  • Interest deductions – Limitations and timing problems 
  • Charitable contributions substituting for taxes, IRS says – No! 
  • Retirement contributions and education credits and deductions 
  • Tax computations – The Kiddie Tax, AMT, regular tax, tax credits 
  • Individual problems illustrated by form preparation for various items, with numerous “practice tips” 
  • Impact of recent legislation and forms changes on the 1040 

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Designed For

New staff and paraprofessionals who prepare individual returns



Advanced Preparation



8.00 Taxes



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