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Thursday, November 30, 2023 Live Webcast

Tax Planning for Small Businesses - Tax Staff Essentials (E2311492)

8:45 AM - 12:15 PM EDT

Registration: 8:30 AM EDT


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4 CPE Credits in TX


Clients want help with present and future business services. Which tax planning strategies will you provide for your corporate and small business clients? Updated for the latest legislation and IRS guidance on tax reform, this course answers the tough questions and shows you what strategies are best for your clients We use a case-study approach to explore opportunities for businesses and how the tax practitioner can continue to add value for their clients. Discussions will include traditional and new planning opportunities as a result of the latest tax legislation, including the SECURE 2.0 Act, and IRS guidance.


Tax professionals with smallbusiness clients


  • Identify important tax considerations for the small business at each stage of its life.
  • Calculate the qualified business income (QBI) deduction, built-in gains (BIG) tax, and the deduction for organizational costs and start-up costs.
  • Recall the tax treatment of fringe benefits granted to partners and S corporation shareholders.
  • Recall the tax implications of contributions by new investors to a corporation and partnership.
  • Identify the benefits and structures of buy-sell agreements for small business owners.


  • Starting a business — the tax life of a business
  • Selecting a business entity type
  • Section 199A and the Qualified Business Income deduction
  • Accounting methods
  • Reasonable compensation issues
  • Depreciation, Section 179, and bonus depreciation planning considerations
  • Retirement planning
  • Buy-sell and noncompete agreements
  • Tax considerations when selling a business
  • Partnership hot assets and other look-through provisions



    Basic knowledge of business taxation




    Deborah Phillips

    Deborah A. Phillips, CPA, MST

    Surgent Professional Education

    Debbie operates her own tax controversy practice, specializing in partnership and S corporation tax law as well as IRS audits and procedures. She has been successful petitioning and resolving tax issues under the jurisdiction of the United States Tax Court. She is proficient in Section 199A provisions and computations as well as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. She prepares all types of tax returns and utilizes her forensic accounting skills for potential IRS criminal prosecution. Having spent more than 32 years at the IRS, Debbie retired from its Large Business and International Division, where she was a senior manager in the Flow-Through Issue Practice Group, which specialized in S corporation and partnership tax. She was the operations and technical assistant to the Deputy Commissioner International; the technical assistant to the Director of PFTG; a territory manager in the retail, food and pharmaceuticals industries; a team manager in the heavy manufacturing industry; and the IRC Section 263A Technical Advisor. Debbie taught accounting and taxation as an adjunct at Delaware State University, Wilmington College and Goldey-Beacom College. She has been a seminar presenter for over 24 years and a textbook author. She regularly receives the Surgent Outstanding Discussion Leader Award.


    $189.00 - Member

    $264.00 - Nonmember

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