Taxation (TAXX) 304

Introduction to US Tax (Revision 14)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: ACCT 253 and ECON 247

Precluded Course: TAXX 302

Centre: Faculty of Business

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The first part of this course focuses on individual taxation, including the calculation of adjusted gross income, taxable income, and tax liability. Next, property transactions, capital gains, and like-kind exchanges are examined. Finally, the taxation of corporations and flow-through entities is addressed.

Note that different CPA state boards in the United States have different requirements, and not all states require a US tax course as a prerequisite for the CPA examinations. Please contact the appropriate CPA state board to see if this course meets the requirements of that state board, as some states limit the number of online courses or out-of-country courses they will accept as prerequisites.

TAXX 304 consists of nine lessons, as outlined in the Suggested Study Schedule. Your best strategy for completing this course successfully is a continuous, systematic, and steady study effort. If you have any questions or points you don’t fully understand, give us a call, or send us an email, and we will be glad to help out.

The prerequisites for this course are ACCT 253: Introductory Financial Accounting (or an equivalent introductory financial accounting course from another college or university) and ECON 247: Microeconomics.


The course consists of the following nine lessons:

  • Lesson 1: An Introduction to Taxation
  • Lesson 2: Determination of Tax
  • Lesson 3: Income, Exclusions, and Capital Gains
  • Lesson 4: Deductions, Losses, and Bad Debts
  • Lesson 5: Employee Expenses, Deferred Compensation, Depreciation, and Tax Accounting Methods
  • Lesson 6: Property Transactions
  • Lesson 7: Corporate Taxation
  • Lesson 8: Pass-Through Entities
  • Lesson 9: Tax Compliance and Tax Planning


Your final grade in this course will be based on two written assignments, a case study, and a final examination.

To receive credit for this course, you must achieve an overall course grade of at least D (50 percent). In addition, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the final examination. If your grade on the final examination is below 50 percent, you will not receive credit for this course, even if your overall course grade exceeds 50 percent.

Most CPA state boards that require an introductory US tax course as a prerequisite for the CPA examinations will accept D as a passing grade. Since each state board has different requirements, you should check your CPA state board’s website for its requirements.

Completion of the assignments is not required to receive credit for the course, and you may write the final examination prior to completing the relevant assignments. However, the assignments have been designed to assist you in preparing for the examination. Students who choose not to complete the assignments often experience difficulties with the examinations. Keep in mind that if you fail to submit an assignment before your contract end date, you will receive a grade of 0 percent for it.

The following table summarizes the credit weight that will be applied to each assignment and the final examination in determining your final grade:

Activity Credit Weight When to Complete
Assignment 1 20% After Lesson 5
Assignment 2 20% After Lesson 8
Case Study 10% After Lesson 5
Final Examination 50% After Case Study
Total 100%  

The examination(s) for this course will be written in the traditional pen and paper format.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Rupert, T. J., Pope, T. R., & Anderson, K. E. (Eds.). (2017). Pearson’s federal taxation 2017 comprehensive. Boston: Pearson Education, Ltd. ISBN: 978-0-13-442064-6

You may be able to acquire a print copy of the textbook on your own, if you wish. Ensure that the edition number and ISBN match those given above. There may be minor discrepancies between the page numbers in the eText and those found in a printed version of the text.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

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