Available: March 2012
Approaches the study of taxation from the perspective of the student who will become a business person faced with business decisions that are inevitably affected by tax considerations. This perspective leads to a very different coverage in this textbook. The new edition focuses on the central concepts that build our tax framework and avoids small exceptions and details to ensure that the student can confidently master the critical underpinnings of federal taxation. It abandons minutia that not only affects a very small number of taxpayers, but also tends to change often.
Many items that pertain specifically to businesses (for example, inventory valuation issues) usually not discussed in a traditional undergraduate tax textbook are covered in this book. Although so many of the exclusions, deductions, and credits apply equally to individual and corporate taxpayers, this book focuses on the business perspective. An advantage to this approach is that most of the students who take only one course in taxation will learn how businesses are taxed and, in turn, will have a better appreciation for how taxes affect business decisions.
While the focus is on concepts and how taxes affect business decisions, individual income taxation is not abandoned. After all, many core tax concepts apply to individuals as well as businesses, and this book is not shy in pointing out such application. It also includes a special chapter on individuals (sole proprietorships) and one on pass-through entities that tie together the underlying threads concerned with these taxpayers throughout the text.
1. OVERVIEW OF TAXES AND THE FEDERAL INCOME TAX SYSTEM
2. FEDERAL TAXATION OF BUSINESS INCOME AND DEDUCTIONS
3. TRANSACTIONS INVOLVING BUSINESS PROPERTY
4. CALCULATING TAX LIABILITY AND TAXES OWED
5. SPECIFIC BUSINESS ENTITY ISSUES