Surgent's Comprehensive Guide to Tax Depreciation, Expensing and Property Transactions (Self-Study)


Date Valid for one year from purchase date
Format Self-Study (Downloadable PDF)
CPE credits CPE 8.0
8.0 IRS CE approved
of study
Taxes - Technical (8.0)
Standard member fee $125.00
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The purpose of this course is to provide an updated in-depth analysis of the complex maze of rules dealing with depreciation, amortization, and sale of property, with an emphasis on identifying special planning opportunities and pitfalls. This reference manual contains many examples and cases to illustrate the most important points CPAs need to be aware of.

Who should take this program?

CPAs in industry and public accounting who need a thorough grasp of this important area of tax law and who want to maximize the possible tax savings for their clients

Major subjects

  • Complete coverage of applicable changes related to tax reform
  • Luxury automobiles, how much this year, and where did these rules come from?
  • What are the components for real estate depreciation?
  • A new SUV or sedan, a study of depreciation alternatives
  • Permanency in Section 179 depreciation rules? How to maximize its use; when to use it; what property qualifies?
  • Sale of property and the depreciation recapture rules (Section Section 1245, 1250, unrecaptured Section 1250 gain for real estate, Section 291 for corporations)
  • Segregating a loss on a building component replacement
  • How to depreciate like-kind exchange property, including luxury vehicles traded in
  • Reacquired installment sale property -- calculating potential gain and new basis
  • Regulations on capitalization of tangible assets and procedures for automatic changes in accounting method associated with the new depreciation rules
  • Understanding Section 197 amortization issues; how to handle intangible asset costs
  • AMT depreciation adjustments and how to avoid them
  • Depreciation issues, tax-deferred exchanges, personal property converted to business property, & overview of home sale exclusion
  • Guide for compliance and planning issues from Pre-ACRS, ACRS, and MACRS depreciation and amortization rules
  • Cases and rulings of depreciation and amortization issues and how they impact clients, along with the useful planning opportunities

Learning objective(s)

  • Understand which assets are subject to depreciation
  • Answer advanced Section 179 and automobile depreciation questions
  • Fully understand depreciation and MACRS cost recovery
  • Understand installment sales and reacquisitions
  • Complete cases related to nontaxable transactions


Course code Code JSDLTDAP
Sponsor Surgent
NASBA ID#: 103212
Level Intermediate
Format Self-Study (Downloadable PDF)
Prerequisites Prereq. Basic knowledge of tax issues for property transactions