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ACPEN Signature: 2018 Tax Planning After the Tax Reform Act

Total Credits: 8 including 8 Taxes - Technical

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ACPEN Signature |  Tax |  IRS Approved
C. Clinton Davis, CPA, JD |  William H. Hornberger |  Bruce McGovern, JD, LLM |  Charles D. Pullman |  Matthew J Roberts |  James A. Smith |  Arthur Joseph Werner
Course Levels:
8 Hours


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has totally changed the rules (at least temporarily).  Every practitioner will need to revisit his or her tax planning strategies.  For example, our panel will review:
What is the one-year planning opportunity for alimony/divorce?  
Traditional estate plans may produce tax detriments due to the lack of a step up in basis while producing no estate tax benefits.  How will you address those issues?  When should you consider dissolving the family partnership or LLC?
Is a C corporation a good tax planning tool now?
100% expensing provides huge planning possibilities but can result in inability to take interest deductions.
Traditional investments in oil and gas drilling funds and other business ventures and/or exiting a passive activity can produce excess business losses that may not be fully utilized immediately under a new statute.
The new deduction for pass-through entities will not help everyone and in some cases can cause marginal tax rates to soar.
The new deduction for pass-through entities is highly dependent on decisions you make regarding a variety of deductions including charitable deductions, expensing elections and other deductions.  Do you understand why?
The loss of investment expense deductibility and the new deduction for pass-through entities are going to push taxpayers to look for trade or business classification.  Can they get there?  What about those rental properties?
Is an S corporation preferred over a partnership or a disregarded entity under the new deduction for pass-through entities?
When is an S corporation shareholder now under even greater temptation to pay even lower salaries?
What are the new developments affecting basis adjustments for partnerships?
Congress has fixed the grain glitch in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  The IRS has begun to issue notices regarding various provisions in the Act.  Planners are beginning to develop strategies to address various provisions of the Act.  Clients are beginning to separate the rumors and promises from the reality of what made it into the actual Act. Plus, there are new regulations on the new audit rules with some included surprises.
This is not just a course about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  This is the course that explains the Act and looks into what is happening now and what may happen in the near future.

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Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss tax planning strategy for S corporations based on Tax Reform
  • Explore in detail the new deduction for pass-through entities
  • Analyze the one-year planning opportunity for alimony/divorce
  • Discuss new developments affecting basis adjustments for partnerships

Major Subjects
  • What We Know Now About the new Audit Rules
  • The Tax Reform Act and Small Business
  • Estate Planning after Tax Reform
  • Planning with the new Pass Through Entities Deduction—Section 199A

Course Materials


C. Clinton Davis, CPA, JD Related seminars and products: 6

Krage & Janvey, L.L.P.

C. Clinton Davis, JR. practices law in the Dallas, Texas law firm of Krage & Janvey, L.L.P.  He was licensed in Texas in 1982, has been Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1988 and is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.  He has also been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Texas since 1980 and as an attorney in Florida since 1980.  Mr. Davis attended law school at Southern Methodist University and received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, in 1980.  At SMU, Mr. Davis was selected to membership in the Order of the Coif, an honor society limited to graduates in the top 10% of the graduating class.  Mr. Davis received his bachelor of science degree in accounting from Northwestern State University of Louisiana where he graduated first in his class.  Mr. Davis is a frequent speaker at CPE programs and conferences.  He is the author of the TSCPA programs Principles of LLC and Partnership Taxation:  An Introduction to Subchapter K, Navigating the LLC and Partnership Allocation and Basis Minefield, and LLC and Partnership Taxation for the Sophisticated Practitioner. 

William H. Hornberger Related seminars and products:


Jackson Walker

William Hornberger, JD, CPA, is passionate about the practice of law and about helping people and enterprises achieve business goals.  For nearly 30 years, he has practiced in the areas of tax, transactional, international and corporate law at Jackson Walker and has loved every minute of it!  His tax practice has touched nearly every area of the tax law, including corporate, partnerships and LLCs, international, real estate, corporate, oil and gas, bankruptcy, tax credit and tax controversy and procedural matters.  His broad transactional practice includes mergers and acquisitions, complex partnership, joint venture, real estate and private equity arrangements, complicated cross-border business structuring matters involving investors from multiple countries, Tax Treaty and IRS Competent Authority matters.  He has represented taxpayers on tax controversy matters in IRS administrative appeals and before the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits and the U.S. Court of International Trade. Active professionally, William is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and has acted as Chair of its Section of Taxation. He is also a member of the AICPAs, and served on its Council. William is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs and served as its Chair, and on its Executive Board.

Bruce McGovern, JD, LLM Related seminars and products: 2


South Texas College of Law

Bruce McGovern is a tenured member of the faculty at South Texas College of Law Houston, where he also serves as Director of the school’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.  Previously, he served for many years as the school’s Vice President and Associate Dean for Academic Administration.  He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law.  After law school, he served as a judicial clerk for Judge Thomas Meskill on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.  He then practiced law with the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.  He subsequently earned an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he taught as a visiting faculty member before joining the faculty at South Texas College of Law Houston.


Professor McGovern teaches and writes in the areas of business organizations and taxation.  His courses include Federal Income Taxation, U.S. Taxation of International Transactions, Partnership and Subchapter S Taxation, and Federal Tax Procedure.  He frequently speaks on recent developments in federal income taxation.  Professor McGovern is a member of the Council of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section, a former Chair of the Houston Bar Association Section of Taxation, and a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.


Charles D. Pullman Related seminars and products:

JD, Partner

Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, LLP

Charles D. Pulman, JD, is a tax partner with the Dallas law firm of Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, LLP.  Charles’ practice focuses primarily on federal tax planning and compliance with extensive experience dealing with IRS agents and IRS attorneys.  Charles has represented client on tax matters throughout the United States.  He graduated with an LL.M. in taxation from New York University in 1977 and is board certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant.  Charles writes and speaks extensively on tax related topics and has written and spoken on several occasions with regard to the new IRS audit regime affecting partnerships.  Charles has been recognized by his peers as a Texas Super Lawyer and he has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine.

Matthew J Roberts Related seminars and products:

JD, Senior Tax Associate

Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, LLP

Matthew Roberts, JD, is a senior tax associate with the law firm Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, LLP.  He represents individuals, estates, partnerships, and large corporations in all stages of a tax dispute, including IRS examinations, administrative appeals, and litigation in the U.S. Tax Court and Federal District Court.  Matt’s practice also includes domestic and international Income Tax and Business Planning.  From 2012-2015, Mr. Roberts was an attorney-advisor for The Honorable Chief Judge Michael B. Thornton, United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C.  Since its enactment, Mr. Roberts has written articles and has participated in speaking engagements on the new centralized partnership audit rules.  He received his LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law and his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi School of Law.  He also received his Masters of Taxation and his Bachelor’s of Accounting from The University of Mississippi. 

James A. Smith Related seminars and products: 8

CPA, Managing Director

Smith, Jackson, Boyer & Bovard, PLLC

James A. Smith, CPA, serves as Managing Director of Smith, Jackson, Boyer & Bovard, PLLC, a Dallas based, full service Certified Public Accounting firm. Mr. Smith began his career with a major international accounting firm where he served in both the audit and tax divisions. Mr. Smith has appeared as a featured commentator on all four Dallas/Ft. Worth network news stations, including three and one-half years as a featured business commentator on KXAS, TV5; on the TSCPA “CPAs on Call” state wide tax television program; and on various radio news programs. He has conducted seminars on tax and financial planning for the Dallas Chapter of the TSCPA and stock brokerage firms and life insurance companies, and on marketing and practice management for the TSCPA, the North Carolina Association of CPAs, the Arkansas Society of CPAs, the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, and the American Institute of CPAs. Mr. Smith served as Chair of the Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA) for the 2007-2008 year, and as a member of its Executive Board and its Board of Directors. He is currently serving a three year term as an elected member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Council and is an appointed member of the AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee. In recognition of his service, Mr. Smith has been named by the TSCPA as Outstanding Steering Committee Chairman for the year 1999-2000, Outstanding Committee Chairman for the year 1995-1996, and Outstanding Committee Member for the Year 1992-1993 and 1995-96. The Dallas Chapter of the TSCPA also named him CPA of the Year for 1999-2000. Mr. Smith is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas and is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with a BBA in Accounting and Economics.

Arthur Joseph Werner Related seminars and products: 26

JD, MS (Taxation), President

Werner-Rocca Seminars, Ltd

Arthur Joseph Werner, JD, MS (Taxation), is the president and is a shareholder in the lecture firm of Werner-Rocca Seminars, Ltd. Mr. Werner’s lecture topic specialties include business, tax, financial and estate planning for high net worth individuals. In addition, Mr. Werner is an adjunct professor of taxation in the Master of Science in Taxation program at the Philadelphia University. Mr. Werner received his B.S. in Accounting and his M.S. in Taxation from Widener University.  He holds a J.D. from the Delaware Law School.


Mr. Werner lectures extensively in the areas of Estate Planning, Financial Planning, and Estate and Gift Taxation to Certified Public Accountants and Financial Planners, and has presented well in excess of 2500 eight-hour seminars over the past twenty-five years as well as numerous webinars and video presentations. Mr. Werner has been rated as having the highest speaker knowledge in his home state of Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, was awarded the AICPA Outstanding Discussion Leader Award in the State of Nevada, the Florida Institute of CPAs Outstanding Discussion Leader Award, and the South Carolina Association of CPAs Outstanding Discussion Leader Award.

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Course Developer Business Professionals' Network, Inc.
Yellow Book No
Original Recording Date 05/16/2018
Date Added to Catalog 01/29/2018
Designed For Public Practitioners and Industry CPAs, EAs

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Instructional Delivery Method Group Internet Based
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