5459 Federal Income Tax - STRENG- 12595
William Streng (FACULTY)
Course Areas: Taxation
Time: 9:00a-10:20a TWTh Location: 209 BLB
Course Outline: At most law schools the basic Federal Income Tax course is taken by almost all students. Federal Income Tax, although not a required subject at the University of Houston Law Center, is a "core course." It is one of the "building blocks" for the business law and commercial transactions courses, in addition to the advanced taxation courses. Further, the subject of Federal Income Tax is also on the Texas Bar Examination. This course as taught by the UH Law Center tax professors is not oriented to tax accounting and tax return preparation. Rather, this course addresses such important, fundamental federal tax questions as: (i) what is the definition of income? (ii) when is income to be taxed? (iii) to whom is the income taxed? (iv) what deductions are available in offsetting gross income? and, (v) what is the tax characterization of income? These questions raise such critical issues as: How are tort recoveries to be treated for income tax purposes by the personal injury plaintiff? How are the parties to a divorce property settlement treated for income tax purposes when receiving alimony and property? What are the federal income tax results on the purchase or sale of a business or of a personal residence? The objective of the federal income tax course is to enable students to be able to recognize income tax problems when they arise and to identify tax planning options for dealing with these issues. Clients demand that their attorneys be able to answer at least the basic tax questions and to know enough to refer other more complicated questions to a tax specialist. The four hour course will permit examining many of these questions in substantial depth.
First Day Assignments: First Day Assignment:
Read casebook Chapter 1. Please see syllabus at W. Streng website.
Final Exam Schedule: 12/11 9am-1pm 240 BLB
This course will have:
Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No