2018-2019 Federal Tax Update

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FTU Webcast


Get the full benefit of a Federal Tax Update from your office or home when you choose Western CPE’s Federal Tax Update Webcast. You’ll see and hear nationally recognized tax expert, Vern Hoven, present the very latest information on critical changes and rulings you need to know. Ask questions of our expert moderator and interact with your peers for a simulated classroom experience. 

You will get an in-depth look at real estate and passive losses, IRAs and pensions, and gift and estate issues. Vern will also guide you through everything you need to know this year for business, corporate, government and nonprofit taxes. 

Experience the flexibility of webcasts without sacrificing quality.

Keep Up with Changes to Tax Law
Receive a supplement fully reviewing the implications of the new tax law, as well as tax planning considerations,
included when you purchase the 2018-2019 Federal Tax Update.


  • Replicated live learning. See and hear the instructor and his teaching slides.
  • Online chat. Ask questions of expert moderators and interact with your peers.
  • NO exam requirement. Simply check in during the webcasts.
  • Receive your certificate of completion by email within 1 business day.

We offer several Federal Tax Update webcast options. You can complete the entire 16-credit course, or you can choose specific topics covered in individual webcasts that are 12, 8, or 4 credits.

RegistRation Details

l Tax Updates are presented in 4-hour sessions. Two sessions focus on Individual Tax and two sessions focus on Business Tax. First, choose the number of hours you want to take (4, 8, 12 or 16). Once your credit selection is in your cart, you will then be asked to choose the date and time you want to attend.

16 Credits

Price: $419


12 Credits

PRICE: $379


8 Credits

PRICE: $239


4 Credits

PRICE: $149


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What You'll Learn in Our Federal Tax Update


Individual Tax Topics

  • What Trump tax reform means to individual clients.
  • A review of expired provisions.
  • Tax problems faced by divorced couples.
  • 20% Capital Gain rate and NII tax implications for high-income taxpayers.
  • FBAR, FATCA and FFI reporting -- what you need to know.
  • Recent tax court rulings on noncash donation substantiation.
  • Changes to Education Credit rules.
  • Tougher rules for EITC compliance.
  • What ACA repeal and replacement means to individual clients.
  • Why self-directed IRAs get more attention from the IRS.
  • Tax issues for Airbnb rentals.
  • Implications when converting a vacation home to rental activity.
  • Six estate planning questions to ask your clients.
  • Estate and gift tax threshold updates.
  • Form 8971 estate reporting requirements.
  • Final regulation on Portability Election.


Business Tax Topics 

  • What Trump tax reform means for our business clients.
  • The 13 business activities sure to interest IRS auditors.
  • Cautions for withdrawing or receiving cash payments of $10,000 or more.
  • Taxing medical marijuana -- the facts.
  • Deductions you need to know, including: conference fees, travel expenses, cell phones, and more.
  • Section 179 Expensing Election for qualified real estate.
  • Improving a building and writing off a portion of the original cost.
  • R&D credit expanded for small business -- and how to use it against payroll taxes.
  • New law starts for medical expense reimbursement plans (HRAs) in 2017.
  • What ACA repeal and replacement means for our business clients.
  • Prohibited transactions to avoid.
  • Forms W-2s and 1099-MISC due date change problems.
  • Why the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty is hard to escape.
  • Partnership audit process changes for 2018. 
  • When an LLC member is subject to SE Tax.



  • IRS Due diligence requirements in 2017.
  • What to do when identity theft happens to your client.
  • A warning on new phishing and phone scams aimed at tax preparers.
  • The increases in Letter Ruling Fees.
  • How to be ready with client verification when calling the IRS.
  • The Top 10 most litigated tax issues last year.
  • How to reduce amount when the IRS reconstructs income using the bank deposit method.
  • When Innocent Spouse Relief can be used.
  • A full review of recent case rulings and regulations that impact you and your clients, with source citations.


Federal Tax Update Manual


Tax Update Manual Included!

Receive a fully-linked, dynamic, PDF copy of our 2018-2019 Federal Tax Update Manual, when you purchase any Federal Tax Update course.

This easy-to-use resource will support your success, not just in the course, but throughout the tax season.





Vern Hoven, CPA, MT, is one of America’s premier tax presenters and speaks to over 100 groups a year on a variety of tax topics. He teaches at Western CPE Federal Tax Update seminars and conferences and also produces self-study and webcasts courses. Vern consistently receives outstanding evaluations and has won numerous teaching awards.

Vern is the author of the best-selling Real Estate Investor’s Tax Guide and a favorite interviewee on radio, television, and in newspapers. Vern practiced in the public, governmental, and corporate accounting fields before starting his own public accounting practice in 1973, a firm that grew to one of the largest in western Montana. In 1985, he started his present tax consulting practice. CPA Magazine recognized Vern as one of the top 50 IRS representation practitioners in 2008.


Vern Hoven


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