Federal Tax Updates

2019 - 2020

Get the Industry's Best Tax Update without Leaving Home


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 experts, Vern Hoven and Sharon Kreider, 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.

Live Instruction Online

  • 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 as soon as you finish

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). 

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16 Credits

Price: $409


12 Credits

PRICE: $379


8 Credits

PRICE: $239


4 Credits

PRICE: $149


Individual Tax Highlights

  • NEW - A complete discussion of the Extenders, SECURE Act, disaster tax relief and ACA changes included in the Dec. 20, 2019 Appropriations Act
  • Updates on the latest individual tax developments
  • Planning ideas regarding individual taxes
  • Highlights of the 2020 Form 1040 and its Schedules 1-3
  • Updates on ACA and the individual mandate
  • Virtual currency transaction tax news
  • 20% capital gains tax +3.8% NII tax issues
  • Opportunity Zone Fund Investment reporting developments
  • Mortgage interest deductions cases and rulings
  • Charity audit issues including conservation easement syndications
  • Refundable and nonrefundable credit rule changes
  • Kiddie tax changes
  • FBAR and FATCA reporting
  • IRA issues including SECURE legislation 
  • Tax issues for online rentals
  • IRS clarification on who is and isn't a real estate professional
  • Estate and gift planning ideas updated
  • Trust tax updated
  • Implementation of the bipartisan IRS legislation in the Taxpayer First Act (HR3151)

Business Tax Highlights

  • NEW - Details of 2020 business tax changes from the Dec. 20, 2019 Appropriations Act
  • Updates on the latest business tax developments
  • Planning ideas and examples implementing business tax reform
  • Discussion of the pros and cons of the Opportunity Zone Fund Investment
  • Comparison of the tax deferral in a tax deferred exchange and a Opportunity Zone Fund investment
  • Changes to depreciation including those in the Appropriations Act
  • Update on the missing technical corrections to QIP
  • Comparison of the §179 and the Bonus depreciation deduction
  • Review of several 2020 clarifications to the QBI deduction including Forms 8995 and 8995-A
  • Details on the aggregation election on the individual return and the pass through entity
  • Changes to the information required on the pass through entity's return regarding QBI
  • Factors for classifying a real estate rental as a “business” for the QBI deduction, including client letters
  • Updates on payroll tax issues including the new Form 1099-NEC and the Family Leave extension
  • News on hot audit targets for S corporations and LLCs
  • Reminders on the streamlined audit provisions for partnerships and LLCs
  • Decision making on choice of entity after the QBI deduction
  • Review of the section §163(j) rules on interest deductions
  • Updates on ACA and its “employer mandate” 
  • Plus what the IRS is planning for 2020 business return examinations

Federal Tax Update Manual


Tax Update PDF Manual Included!

Receive a fully-linked, PDF copy of our 2019-2020 Federal Tax Update Manual, when you purchase the Federal Tax Update Webcast.

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.


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