Tax Credits - Family & Dependent Tax Credits
What you'll learn
- Earned Income Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Child & Dependent Care Tax Credit
- Credit for Elderly or the Disabled
- Adoption Tax Credit
- Other Dependents Credit
Family & dependent tax credits in 2018 including the earned income tax credit, child tax credit, child & dependent care tax credit, other dependents tax credit, credit for elderly or the disabled, and adoption tax credit.
This course will provide a detailed look at these tax credits, including a discussion of the amount of the tax credits and the qualifications to take the tax credits.
We will use tax software and forms to show how the tax credits are input into the tax forms and to test variations in qualifications for the tax credits including income limitations. Using tax software to experiment with different scenarios is a very effective way to learn about how tax credits actually operate.
For example, running tax scenarios using tax software is the only way most people will be able to see clearly the difference between the child tax credit (CTC) and the additional child tax credit (ACTC). Running tax scenarios can also help us understand how the child tax credit (CTC), additional child tax credit (ACTC), and earned income tax credit (EIC) will work as income levels and the number of children is adjusted.
We will provide PDF files that can be downloaded and used as references without an internet connection.
The course will also provide PDF documents of relevant publications and forms.
Who this course is for:
- Anybody who wants to save on taxes
- Tax professionals
Through working with students from many different schools, Mr. Steele has learned best practices for helping people understand accounting fast. Learning new skills and finding the best way to share knowledge with people who can benefit from it is a passion of his.
Mr. Steele has experience working as a practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA), an accounting and business instructor, and curriculum developer. He has enjoyed putting together quality tools to improve learning and has been teaching, making instructional resources, and building curriculum since 2009. He has been a practicing CPA since 2005. Mr. Steele is a practicing CPA, has a Certified Post-Secondary Instructor (CPI) credential, a Master of Science in taxation from Golden Gate University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in accounting from The University of California Santa Barbara, and a Global Management Accounting Designation (CGMA) from The American Institute of CPA (AICPA).
Mr. Steele has also authored five books that can be found on Amazon or in audiobook format on Audible. He has developed bestselling courses in accounting topics including financial accounting and QuickBooks accounting software.
In addition to working as an accountant, teaching, and developing courses Mr. Steele has helped create an accounting website at accountinginstruction, a YouTube channel called Accounting Instruction, Help, and How Too, and has developed supplemental resources including a Facebook Page, Twitter Page, and Podcasts that can be found on I-tunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud. Mr. Steele's teaching philosophy is to make content applicable, understandable, and accessible.
Adult learners are looking for application when they learn new skills. In other words, learners want to be able to apply skills in the real world to help their lives. Mr. Steele’s formal accounting education, practical work experience, and substantial teaching experience allow him to create a curriculum that combines traditional accounting education with practical knowledge and application. He accomplishes the goals of making accounting useful and applicable by combining theory with real-world software like Excel and QuickBooks.
Many courses teach QuickBooks data entry or Excel functions but are not providing the real value learners want. Real value is a result of learning technical skills like applications, in conjunction with specific goals, like accounting goals, including being able to interpret the performance of a business.
Mr. Steele makes knowledge understandable by breaking down complex concepts into smaller units with specific objectives and using step by step learning processes to understand each unit. Many accounting textbooks cram way too much information into a course, making it impossible to understand any unit fully. By breaking the content down into digestible chunks, we can move forward much faster.
Mr. Steele also makes use of color association in both presentations and Excel worksheets, a learning tool often overlooked in the accounting field, but one that can vastly improve the speed and comprehension of learning accounting concepts.
The material is also made understandable through the application of concepts learned. Courses will typically demonstrate the accounting concepts and then provide an Excel worksheet or practice problems to work through the concepts covered. The practice problems will be accompanied by an instructional video to work through the problem in step by step format. Excel worksheets will be preformatted, usually including an answer tab that shows the completed problem, and a practice tab where learners can complete the problem along with a step by step presentation video.
Mr. Steele makes learning accounting accessible by making use of technology and partnering with teaching platforms that have a vision of spreading knowledge like Udemy.