Personal Financial Planning For The Sophisticated CPA

5 Credits: Taxes


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Personal Financial Planning For The Sophisticated CPA

Course Level
CPE Credits

5 Credits: Taxes

Course Description

CPAs are increasingly assisting their clients in developing personal financial planning strategies when preparing for the many uncertainties of a client’s life. In this course, you will learn a high-level, three-pronged approach to identifying and evaluating each client’s situation, determining the weaknesses and exposures that could exist for the client, and helping to implement sound financial planning recommendations to ensure that the client is following a very specific, tailor-made financial plan. Course presenter Jeff Rattiner will identify a unique approach for providing personal financial planning, which will elevate your services whether you’re performing the tasks yourself or supervising others. Advanced subject matter to be discussed includes understanding and following the personal financial planning process, as well as each of the key financial planning disciplines, including cash flow management, insurance, investments, retirement, estate, and education. Within each discipline, a technical review involving client exposures and recommendations will be discussed. Lastly, this course will help the CPA analyze the income tax return based on the financial planning issues of the client. This course is certain to sharpen your skills in financial planning so that you can effectively respond to the unique and demanding situations in which your clients find themselves.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify a comprehensive and dynamic financial-planning process that can be implemented for clients in any financial situation
  • Determine how to diagnose, evaluate, and propose solutions to client issues
  • Discuss personal financial planning and all its subcomponents
  • Recognize how to incorporate tax planning strategies when addressing and evaluating financial planning issues
  • Identify how to analyze, evaluate, navigate, and recommend practical solutions to complex planning dilemmas
  • Recognize the financial planning ramifications when using Form 1040
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Course Specifics

Course ID
Revision Date
November 14, 2019

Experience in financial consulting with clients

Advanced Preparation


Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220
IRS Provider Number: 0MYXB
IRS Course Number: 0MYXB-T-02252-22-O
IRS Federal Tax Law Credits: 5
CTEC Provider Number: 2071
CTEC Course Number: 2071-CE-1425
CTEC Federal Tax Law Credits: 5

CFP Notice: Not all courses that qualify for CFP® credit are registered by Western CPE. If a course does not have a CFP registration number in the compliance section, the continuing education will need to be individually reported with the CFP Board. For more information on the reporting process, required documentation, processing fee, etc., contact the CFP Board. CFP Professionals must take each course in it’s entirety, the CFP Board DOES NOT accept partial credits for courses.

CTEC Notice: California Tax Education Council DOES NOT allow partial credit, course must be taken in entirety. Western CPE has been approved by the California Tax Education Council to offer continuing education courses that count as credit towards the annual “continuing education” requirement imposed by the State of California for CTEC Registered Tax Preparers. A listing of additional requirements to register as a tax preparer may be obtained by contacting CTEC at P.O. Box 2890, Sacramento, CA, 95812-2890, by phone toll-free at (877) 850-2832, or on the Internet at

Meet The Experts

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Jeff Rattiner, BBA, CPA, CFP, MBA, is the president of JR Financial Group, Inc., which provides tax, financial planning, and money management services to individuals and financial planning professionals in Scottsdale, Arizona and Centennial, Colorado. His Financial Planning Fast Track (FPFT) program, taught, which has been taught at eight universities, provides professionals with the training necessary to become CFP® certificants, received critical acclaim as the cover story in the December 2001 issue of Financial Planning Magazine. He’s a frequent and sort after industry writer and entertaining speaker—authoring 10 books for Wiley, Bloomberg, CCH, Harcourt Brace and many others covering a variety of …

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