For more than 25 years, the Pratt & Kulsrud Taxation series has provided educators, students and professionals an engaging and clear presentation of tax law. In 1984, the series began with Federal Taxation, a first-of-its-kind textbook exploring issues related to the taxation of individuals and businesses. The success of that text and the demand for additional topics led to the creation of two separate texts: CORPORATE, PARTNERSHIP, ESTATE AND GIFT TAXATION AND INDIVIDUAL TAXATION. Through each edition, the series has consistently held to the principle that the key to learning taxation is to understand the underlying purpose behind every rule. For this reason, the authors and editors have made a concerted effort to provide the conceptual background and the historical foundation they believe are essential for comprehension. This edition continues the tradition of excellence with timely updates reflecting the latest in tax laws, the integration of H&R BLOCK At Home software, and rich online resources for instructors.
James W. (Jim) Pratt is the PriceWaterhouse Coopers Professor of Accountancy & Taxation at the University of Houston's C.T. Bauer College of Business. Dr. Pratt joined the faculty in 1972 after receiving his doctorate degree from the University of Southern California. He has published articles in leading professional journals, such as the Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Taxation, Journal of Corporate Taxation, Journal of Partnership Taxation, and The Tax Adviser. In addition to his contributions as an author and editor, Dr. Pratt has received several awards for outstanding teaching. He has also taught in continuing professional education programs for more than 30 years and has served as a tax training consultant for several national and local accounting firms.
William N. (Bill) Kulsrud is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the Kelley School of Business of Indiana University, Indianapolis/Bloomington, and serves as Chair of the Master of Science in Accounting and Master of Science in Taxation programs. Dr. Kulsrud joined the faculty in 1979 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Texas. He has published numerous articles, which have appeared in leading professional journals such as the Journal of Taxation, Journal of Corporate Taxation, The Tax Adviser, Taxation for Accountants, and Taxes--The Tax Magazine. He has also served as an editorial adviser to The Tax Adviser, Journal of Accountancy and Journal of the American Taxation Association. In addition to his contributions as an author and editor, Dr. Kulsrud has received many awards for outstanding teaching. In 1990 he was named Accounting Educator of the Year by the Indiana C.P.A. Society. He has also taught hundreds of professional education programs for national and local accounting firms and has developed materials used in their continuing education programs. Dr. Kulsrud is currently the co-coordinator of the National Tax Education Program sponsored by the AICPA.
Part I: INTRODUCTION TO THE FEDERAL TAX SYSTEM. 1. An Overview of Federal Taxation. 2. Tax Practice and Research. 3. Taxable Entities, Tax Formula, Introduction to Property Transactions. 4. Personal and Dependency Exemptions; Filing Status; Determination of Tax for an Individual; Filing Requirements. Part II: GROSS INCOME. 5. Gross Income. 6. Gross Income: Inclusions and Exclusions. Part III: DEDUCTIONS AND LOSSES. 7. Overview of Deductions and Losses. 8. Employee Business Expenses. 9. Capital Recovery: Depreciation, Amortization, and Depletion. 10. Certain Business Deductions and Losses. 11. Itemized Deductions. 12. Deductions for Certain Investment Expenses and Losses. Part IV: ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX AND TAX CREDITS. 13. The Alternative Minimum Tax and Tax Credits. Part V: PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS. 14. Property Transactions: Basis Determination and Recognition of Gain or Loss. 15. Nontaxable Exchanges. 16. Property Transactions: Capital Gains and Losses. 17. Property Transactions: Dispositions of Trade or Business Property. Part VI: EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION AND RETIREMENT PLANS. 18. Employee Compensation and Retirement Plans. Part VII: CORPORATE TAXATION. 19. Corporations: Formation and Operation. 20. Corporate Distributions, Redemptions and Liquidations. 21. Taxation of Corporate Accumulations. Part VIII: FLOW-THROUGH ENTITIES. 22. Taxation of Partnerships and Partners. 23. S Corporations. Part IX: FAMILY TAX PLANNING. 24. The Federal Transfer Taxes. 25. Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts. 26. Family Tax Planning. Appendices: Appendix A. Tax Rate Schedules and Tables. Appendix B. Tax Forms. Appendix C. Modified ACRS Tables. Appendix D. Continuous Individual Tax Return Problems and Two Comprehensive Individual Tax Return Problems for 2008. Appendix E. Glossary of Tax Terms.