About this Specialization
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 8 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Skills you will gain

DepreciationFederal Tax ReturnsTax Law
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 8 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

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Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Federal Taxation I: Individuals, Employees, and Sole Proprietors

4.9
94 ratings
14 reviews
This course is the first course in a five-course US Federal Tax Specialization. It covers and focuses on the U.S. federal tax system as it relates to individuals, employees, and sole proprietors. Key concepts covered include gross income and items that are statutorily included or excluded in it, personal and business expenses that qualify as tax deductions, and the differing tax treatments for employees versus self-employed taxpayers. Unlike many other introductory courses in tax and as part of this course’s comprehensive wrap-up, learners will be provided with practical and tangible experience reporting both income and expenses on the main individual tax return used in the US, Form 1040. If you have enjoyed this course, consider enrolling in our online graduate Accounting program. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, consistently ranked as one of the nation's top three accounting programs, now offers a master’s in accounting at a very affordable tuition rate and is completely online. The iMSA is a full Master of Accountancy program and students graduate with an MS that is highly recognized. Try an open course or two, then apply for admission into the credit-bearing version as you may be eligible to take credit-bearing courses during the application process. If you are missing any prerequisites for the full degree, you can complete Coursera courses to demonstrate readiness and strengthen your application for the iMSA. For more information on this exciting iMSA online program, refer to this link: https://www.coursera.org/degrees/imsa ...
Course2

Federal Taxation II: Property Transactions of Business Owners and Shareholders

4.9
32 ratings
8 reviews
This course examines the U.S. federal tax system as it relates to property transactions of business owners and shareholders. Topics include cost recovery, such as depreciation, amortization, and depletion; calculation of realized versus recognized gains and losses; evaluation of the potential tax effects of nontaxable exchanges; and the combining, or netting, gains and losses that are different in nature. Assignments facilitate self-discovery of knowledge and development of a variety of professional skills....
Course3

Taxation of Business Entities I: Corporations

4.9
18 ratings
3 reviews
This course provides an introduction to the U.S. federal income taxation of corporations and their shareholders. The course focuses on the relevant provisions of Subchapter C of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as related Treasury Regulations and judicial opinions, governing corporate formation, operations, distributions, and liquidation. Practical in-class study problems facilitate self-discovery of technical tax knowledge along with the development of a variety of professional skills and attitudes....
Course4

Taxation of Business Entities II: Pass-Through Entities

5.0
9 ratings
1 reviews
This course provides an introduction to the U.S. federal income taxation of pass-through business entities, including Subchapter S corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. The course focuses on the relevant provisions of Subchapters S and K of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as related Treasury Regulations and judicial opinions, governing the formation, operation, and termination of pass-through entities. Practical in-class study problems facilitate self-discovery of technical tax knowledge along with the development of a variety of professional skills and attitudes....

Instructors

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Matthew Hutchens

Lecturer of Accountancy
Department of Accountancy
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Petro Lisowsky, PhD, CPA

Associate Professor of Accountancy
College of Business: Department of Accountancy
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Michael P Donohoe, PhD, CPA

Associate Professor of Accountancy and PwC Faculty Fellow
Department of Accountancy, Gies College of Business
Graduation Cap

Start working towards your Master's degree

This specialization is part of the 100% online Master of Science in Accountancy (iMSA) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

About University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a world leader in research, teaching and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth of its programs, broad academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty and alumni. Illinois serves the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and finding solutions to critical societal needs. ...

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • While you may work at your own pace, the Specialization is comprised of 4 8-week courses and a 3-week capstone.

  • You should have some knowledge of business environments (either via other courses or work experience) and basic mathematics skills. It is also beneficial if you have some experience with common spreadsheet software applications.

  • The first two courses provide foundational knowledge for the other courses in the Specialization. Thus, it is recommended that the courses be completed in the listed order, the capstone will be available to those that have passed all four courses.

  • You will be able to apply basic and intermediate principles of U.S. federal taxation to a variety of individual and business settings. You will be able to prepare key components of the U.S. federal tax return for individuals and small business owners (Form 1040) and business use property (Form 4562). You will be able to compare and identify basic tax strategies related to organizational structure, including various types of corporations, partnerships, and other entities.

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