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AC 301: Introduction to Taxation

Keyword Discussion

Scenario 1: What if I’m an accountant with a client who asks if they can deduct legal fees that they’ve incurred from their defense in a criminal case in which they were found guilty?  I have to write a memo to my boss with an argument and primary sources to back up that legal argument. 


Scenario 2 (assignment): Mr. and Mrs. Castellano have been married for 5 years. This year, they won $500,000 at a casino. They know that this will put them in the highest tax bracket for the year. To reduce their tax burden and avoid the “marriage penalty”, they are considering going to Mexico in December to obtain a divorce. They plan to continue to live together, but file separate returns for this year using the single filing status. They plan to remarry in February of next year. They have come to your firm to see if this strategy is a valid way to reduce their taxes.


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In-Class Assignment

Let's get started on your research assignment. Click here to find the shared Excel spreadsheet you'll be using to share what you find.