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Interest and Debt

Instructional MethodAdvanced PreparationProgram PrerequisitesField Of Study Interactive Self Study NONE General Understanding of Federal Income Taxation Taxes Experience LevelCourse IDCPE CreditsAuthor Basic DS-225 2 Danny Santucci Interest and Debt Course Description: This course f ...Read more
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Instructional Method Advanced Preparation Program Prerequisites Field Of Study
Interactive Self Study NONE General Understanding of Federal Income Taxation Taxes
Experience Level Course ID CPE Credits Author
Basic DS-225 2 Danny Santucci

Interest and Debt

Course Description: 
This course focuses on tax issues affecting the treatment of interest and debt. It covers the definition of bona fide debt, the impact of related parties, the avoidance of equity and lease characterization, and deductible versus nondeductible interest factors. Sticky cross issues such as the impact of at-risk rules under §465, passive loss restrictions of §469, and below-market rate loans under §7278 are examined. In addition, accounting method treatment of interest, points, prepaid interest, and discounted loans are reviewed. Particular attention is given to imputed interest and original issue discount.

Who Should Attend: All CPA's, Enrolled Agents, & all Tax Professionals

Learning Objectives: 

1. Determine “interest” and select how much is tax deductible under §163 by:

a. Identifying what constitutes bona fide debt considering economic substance and purpose and the differences that such debt has from installment sales, long-term & leveraged leases, and annuities;
b. Specifying how transactions with family members and controlled corporations can recharacterize alleged indebtedness into gift or business equity naming the factors used in this recharacterization and;
c. Citing incentives to use corporate debt instead of equity noting the special treatment of failed equity investment under §1244.

2. Identify deductible interest noting special calculation concepts and procedures by:

a. Recognizing the allocation of interest based on the debt’s business or personal purpose noting the application of any carryover rules;
b. Determining net investment income including its impact on the deductibility of investment interest;
c. Recognizing the special tax treatment given to student loans, margin accounts and market discount bonds noting what happens to any disallowed interest expense; and
d. Specifying the timing considerations in interest reporting including interest paid in advance.

3. Recognize nondeductible interest types and provisions that through restriction create nondeductible interest by:

a. Identifying when interest is nondeductible personal interest under §163(h)(1);
b. Determining the disallowance of interest related to tax-exempt income under §265, the life insurance interest restrictions of §264; the §465 at-risk limitations and application of the §469 passive loss rules; and
c. Specifying the treatment of certain commitment fees and service charges based on R.R. 67-297 and caselaw.
4. Identify interest under the cash or accrual method noting the special elections applicable to and treatment of carrying charges under §266, below-market loans, and imputed interest.


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