Preparing Form 706: Learn Effective Preparation of the Federal Estate Tax Return
PRESENTER(s): Klaralee R. Charlton
The Form 706 has been cited as the source for the greatest number of error and omission claims against the accountancy profession. The estate tax return is likely the most complex and consequential federal return that most practitioners will face. Special focus will be given to introduce practitioners to Form 706, review a sample return on the death of the first spouse and a return making a portability election for the estate of the deceased spouse. A review of the basics in preparing Form 706, and making the portability election for the estate of the deceased spouse. Master the portability of the deceased spousal unused exclusion amount, which is a fast-growing compliance opportunity for clients. Review how the portability election can provide significant estate tax insurance for the surviving spouse and income tax insurance for beneficiaries. Also, study the completion of each of the schedules and make available elections. Further, discuss requirements arising from the most recent changes in federal estate tax law, and the latest edition of Form 706. We'll also review income tax basis consistency reporting rules with the preparation of Form 706. Additional content will be leveraged to increase basic understanding. Federal estate tax returns remain the most difficult and trap-strewn of all returns required for the estate. This course will prepare beginning practitioners to identify problems and traps before they arise, and recommend steps to protect a practice
- Learn how to prepare each schedule to the Form 706, using a sample return as an illustration.
- Understand when the Form 706 is due…. This may seem simple, but it has been a problem for many practitioners.
- Highlights of portability elections to make the deceased spousal unused exclusion amount (DSUA) available to the surviving spouse-- especially important in light of possible changes to the estate tax law and a source of omission claims against practitioners who overlook this election or its benefits.
- Receive key practice pointers to save taxes and avoid liability claims (extension of time to file and pay estate tax, importance of requesting gift tax return transcripts from the IRS, how to effectively make formula-based marital deduction and generation-skipping transfer tax (GST) elections, and how to present the Form 706 to reduce audit risk and issues).
- Learn about valuation discounts (including on the death of the first spouse) and how to work with appraisers for effective appraisal results.
- Complete understanding of estate and gift taxation.
- Income tax consequences.
- Overlooked GST issues.
Credits and Other information:
- Recommended CPE credit – 4.0
- Recommended field of study – Taxes
- Session Prerequisites and preparation: None
- Session learning level: Basic
- Location: Virtual/Online
- Delivery method: Group Internet Based
- NASBA Sponsor: 146439
- IRS Course ID: PJGWS-T-00029-21-O
- Attendance Requirement: Yes
- Session Duration: 4 Hours
- Case Studies and Live Q&A session with speaker
- PowerPoint presentation for reference
Who Will Benefit:
- Enrolled Agents (EAs)
- Tax Professionals
- Other Tax Preparers
- Finance professionals
- Financial planners
Coder Archives is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.