The IRS allows married couples to consider their tax filings under both separate and joint filing options, while joint filing is a little less complicated and qualifies you for tax credits. During this training, you'll learn about both of them and what's more suitable. Join Clatid to learn how the U.S Community Property laws affect your tax returns. You'll also get access to some useful tips and guidelines from our tax expert.

As the Community Property laws consider marriage to be a partnership, both spouses get an equal share in the income and assets that they earn or obtain after their wedding. If you're a tax practitioner living in Wisconsin, Texas, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Louisiana, California, Arizona or New Mexico, you must be aware that these - mostly western - states have community property statutes that play a major role in a married couple's federal income tax return.

Thus, as a resident of one of these states that adhere to the community property regime, you must be familiar with the principle of 'what’s mine is ours,' and understand the attendant tax consequences, but are then baffled by the intricacies of tax treatment in separate property jurisdictions.

In this training, you will learn about the history of community property, its application, and its benefits and detriments. Then we will go one step further with a survey of international community property laws and their impact on US tax filing obligations.

You'll also get an in-depth review of Publication 555 to help you calculate your income on your federal income tax return if you are married, while being a resident of a community property state or country. What's the appropriate way to file separate returns without errors and how you can do that before the deadline.

What You'll Learn

-How does community property arise by operation of law?
-How community property laws can help protect the rights of women?
-What are your state laws and how to report social security to the IRS?
-What role do document payments transactions play?
-Which spouse can legally claim the dependents?
-What's separate money and what if you use it to buy or improve the jointly owned property?
-What's each spouse's share in the inheritances and personal gifts you get prior to or during your marriage?
-What are the individual IRA contributions and withdrawals?
-What about the assets you owned before your marriage and the income they now generate?
-What's the role of medical and personal expenses and what if they're paid from separate funds?
-Community assets and when you legally change them to separate assets
-What's the difference between community and separate property?
-How can you use the taxpayer’s domicile to properly determine whether the acquired property is subject to an applicable community property regime?
-How does estate planning help you protect your spouse?
-How and when does estate planning reduce capital gains tax?
-Offer certain taxpayers relief from community property laws with the application of special allocation rules under IRC §879
-What tax rules apply to the same-sex marriages?

Bonus Topics

-Understanding domicile
-Historical background
-Tax treatment
-Alternative marriages
-Foreign marriages
-International laws

What Else?

-Filing requirements
-Other state issues
-Useful comparison charts

Why is this Important to Attend?

Today’s taxpayers are mobile, mostly traveling, working, moving, or vacationing out-of-state and out-of-country. Some are married, while others get married far from home. At tax time, it is left to the savvy practitioner to determine the treatment of income and expenses resulting from spousal property subject to a community property regime applicable in nine US states and many foreign countries. If you are working with nomadic taxpayers, this training is a MUST!


Who Will Benefit?

-Tax preparers
-Tax advisors
-Tax consultants
-Tax accountants
-Multi-state tax practitioners
-Tax professionals


You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.


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