The Tax Impact of a Change in Accounting Method

2 Credits: Taxes


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The Tax Impact of a Change in Accounting Method

Course Level
CPE Credits

2 Credits: Taxes

Course Description

This course offers a comprehensive examination of the tax impact of changes in accounting methods, tailored for practitioners seeking to optimize their advisory skills. Led by expert Mark Seid, the class begins by clarifying the pivotal distinction between a Change in Accounting Method (CIMA) and error correction, a differentiation that can significantly influence tax outcomes. Participants will gain expertise in the technicalities of filing Form 3115, including detailed guidance on the necessary and optional items to include, enhancing accuracy and compliance. Furthermore, the course explores the broadened scope for accounting method changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), presenting new opportunities for tax planning. The session culminates with a focus on IRS audits related to accounting method changes, providing insights that will empower practitioners to navigate audits with confidence and strategic foresight.

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Learning Objectives

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

  • CIMA versus Error Correction;
  • Filing Form 3115;
  • Completing Form 3115;
  • Gross Receipts Test under TCJA; and
  • IRS Audits.
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Course Specifics

Course ID
Revision Date
July 26, 2023


Advanced Preparation


Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220
IRS Provider Number: 0MYXB
IRS Course Number: 0MYXB-T-02361-23-O
IRS Federal Tax Law Credits: 2
CTEC Provider Number: 2071
CTEC Course Number: 2071-CE-1926
CTEC Federal Tax Law Credits: 2

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Meet The Experts

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Mark Seid, EA, CPA has over 25 years of experience in field of taxation focused on tax controversy. A National Tax Practice Institute graduate, Mark is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court. He has served as an Internal Revenue Agent with the IRS in San Jose and San Luis Obispo, California, a state director for the California Society of Enrolled Agents, and the chair for the society’s Finance and Budget committee. He regularly presents courses to tax professionals on issues affecting small businesses.