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Federal Income Tax Changes - 2018 (Text - Based)

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Course Information

Difficulty Beginner
Field of Study Taxes

Course Description

Each year, various limits affecting income tax preparation and planning change. Some changes commonly occur each year as a result of inflation indexing, while others occur because of new legislation or the sunsetting of existing law. In addition, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 became effective in 2018.

This course will examine the tax changes that took effect in 2018 that are more significant from the perspective of an income tax preparer. Some context will be supplied, as appropriate, to assist readers in understanding the changes. In addition to these customary annual changes affecting various limits, other tax changes effective in 2018 that were brought about by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

I. Calculate the standard mileage deductions for –
    a. Use of a personal vehicle to obtain medical care, and
    b. Charitable use of a personal vehicle;
II. Identify the 2018 standard deduction amounts available to taxpayers;
III. Recognize the changes made to the alternative minimum tax exemption amount for 2018;
IV. Apply the tax-free United States savings bond income limits for taxpayers who paid qualified higher education expenses in 2018; and
V. Calculate the tax-deductible premiums for and tax-free benefits received under qualified long-term care insurance contracts.
VI. Calculate the retirement savings contribution credit available to eligible taxpayers;
VII. Recognize the rules and income limits applicable to eligibility for the earned income credit; and
VIII. Apply the adoption credit rules.
IX. Health flexible spending arrangement contribution limits;
X. Penalty for individuals who fail to comply with the PPACA mandate to maintain minimum essential coverage in 2018; 
XI. Small business health care tax credit;
XII. Large employer shared responsibility provision; and
XIII. Large employer reporting and notification requirements.

Instructional Method: Self-Study

Review Date: 04/04/2018

Required Components: Written Materials

CPE Final Exam Required Passage Grade: 70%

Please Note: This course must be completed within 1 year of date of receipt of this course for CPE Credit.

Field of Study: Tax

Level of Knowledge: Basic to Intermediate

Prerequisite: None

Advanced Preparation: None

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Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CPE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit

Are you an AICPA member? All CPE credits earned on FurtherEd can be counted towards your CPE requirement for AICPA.


Paul Winn

Winn Publications

Paul J. Winn, CLU, ChFC has over thirty years experience in the life insurance and investment industry, as well as fifteen years as a financial writer, editor, and trainer. Paul has worked for Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, Security Mutual Life Insurance Company, Principal Financial Group, and the Maryland Financial Corporation.

Paul is a Published book author, writer & editor of major mutual life insurance company’s agent-training “university”, and the creator of more than 100 training courses in computer-based training, print and scripted classroom formats.


James L.

Lot of good material but if taxes aren't your primary area of work it will take longer to complete. I recommend the course nonetheless.

Robert P.



excellent study materials

Jessi E.

Thank you

frank m.

very informative

Patrick C.

Good course, very informative and helpful.

gerald p.

good review for new tax law learned a lot more about it

David W.

well done notes

Joseph B.

Complete and concise course.

James H.

Fine, relevant subject...

Maria G.


Gregory F.

Very well organized.

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