Federal Income Taxation: A Contemporary Approach uses several modern platforms to introduce students to the federal income taxation of individuals. After a general overview, the book takes two more passes through the system, each in increasing detail. This helps students see the overall structure early in their studies and gives context to new concepts as they are introduced. Helpful self-assessment questions allow students to measure their own comprehension and save valuable class time for more advanced discussions. Almost 100 detailed problems for class discussion require students to apply Code and Regulation provisions to real-life fact patterns. The book also includes links to several instructional videos with practice questions providing students with another opportunity to reinforce their understanding of the material. Like other titles in the Interactive Casebook series, the accompanying electronic version gives students immediate access to the full text of cited cases, statutes, articles, and other materials in the Westlaw database. It also contains hundreds of links to relevant videos, photos, articles, audio clips, and other sources that help make the subject come alive for students. The electronic version also allows for immediate content updates, easing the burden on instructors to prepare supplemental material.

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Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Interactive Casebook Series
Publication Date: 03/25/2014


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The second edition includes several significant changes in light of the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA). ATRA made major changes to the Internal Revenue Code by modifying the marginal rate structure, changing capital gains rates and capital gains calculations, extending some expiring provisions, and making some temporary provisions permanent. The new edition incorporates these changes into the text. In addition, the sections dealing with depreciation and capitalization are modified due to new temporary regulations issued by the Treasury including Treasury Regulations 1.263(a)-1T, -2T and -3T. The book is also updated to reflect the tax implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. __ (2013) holding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. The electronic version of the new edition also includes 5 videos with self-assessment questions designed to give additional instruction and practice to students in sometimes tricky areas including depreciation, like-kind exchanges and capital loss calculations.

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