Advanced Topics in Individual and Pass-through Taxation – ACCT 616

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/10/2021

Course Description

This course examines the various taxation implications of pass-through entities, particularly as they apply to an individual’s personal tax return.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Partnerships, S corporations, and other pass-through entities can range from very simple to particularly complex arrangements, depending on the number of partners, whether each partner is passive or active, and whether the entity carries debt. The dissolution process—whether through sale, retirement, or death—adds a level of complexity to what is already an intricate relationship. Thus, it is important for all tax practitioners to be fully informed and current when it comes to pass-through entities, in order to ensure compliance and minimize tax liability.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Measure appropriate allocation of income and debt for pass-through entities.
  2. Assess the limitations on the deductibility of losses for pass-through entities.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the proper valuation and taxation of sales and distributions for pass-through entities.
  4. Calculate the payments and distributions required in the case of the death or retirement of a partner in a pass-through entity.
  5. Evaluate the ethical implications of creating, operating, and evaluating a pass-through entity from a biblical perspective.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be at least 250 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include a biblical perspective. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 125 words. Each thread must have at least 4 citations in current APA format, as well as at least 1 Bible reference, and each reply must have at least 2 citations.

Case Study Assignments (4)

The student will write a 1–2-page paper in current APA format that focuses on a case scenario outlined in the instructions. Each Case Study must utilize at least 2 scholarly and/or professional sources in a reference list (in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible).

Partnership Tax Return Project Assignment

The student will complete a partnership tax return that incorporates the principles learned throughout the course. The tax return will be based on the tax scenario outlined in the instructions and must be completed using the applicable tax forms and instructions provided in the course.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned modules: weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.