South-Western Federal Taxation 2021,
1st Edition

James C. Young, Annette Nellen, William A. Raabe, William H. Hoffman, David M. Maloney

ISBN-13: 9780357359327
Copyright 2021 | Published
1120 pages | List Price: USD $274.95

Gain a thorough understanding of today's individual income tax concepts and current tax law with SOUTH-WESTERN FEDERAL TAXATION 2021: INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAXES, 44E and accompanying professional tax software. This reader-friendly presentation emphasizes the latest tax law and recent changes affecting individual taxpayers. Complete coverage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 offers guidance from the Treasury Department. A distinctive "Framework 1040" demonstrates how topics relate to one another and to Form 1040. Clear examples, summaries and tax scenarios further clarify concepts and help you sharpen critical-thinking, writing and research skills. Each new book includes access to Intuit® ProConnect tax software, Checkpoint® (Student Edition) from Thomson Reuters, CNOWv2 online homework solution and MindTap Reader. Learn how taxes impact you personally as you prepare for the C.P.A. exam or Enrolled Agent exam or begin study for a career in tax accounting, financial reporting or auditing.


1. An Introduction to Taxation and Understanding the Federal Tax Law.
2. Working with the Tax Law.
3. Tax Formula and Tax Determination; An Overview of Property Transactions.
4. Gross Income: Concepts and Inclusions.
5. Cross Income: Exclusions.
6. Deductions and Losses: In General.
7. Deductions and Losses: Certain Business Expenses and Losses.
8. Depreciation, Cost Recovery, Amortization, and Depletion.
9. Deductions: Employee and Self-Employed-Related Expenses.
10. Deductions and Losses: Certain Itemized Deductions.
11. Investor Losses.
12. Alternative Minimum Tax.
13. Tax Credits and Payment Procedures.
14. Property Transactions: Determination of Gain or Loss and Basic Considerations.
15. Property Transactions: Nontaxable Exchanges.
16. Property Transactions: Capital Gains and Losses.
17. Property Transactions: Section 1231 and Recapture Provisions.
18. Accounting Periods and Methods.
19. Deferred Compensation.
20. Corporations and Partnerships.
Appendix A: Tax Rate Schedules and Tables.
Appendix B: Tax Forms.
Appendix C: Glossary.
Appendix D: Table of Code Sections Cited, Table of Regulations Cited,Table of Revenue Procedures and Revenue Rulings Cited.
Appendix E: Practice Set Assignments--Comprehensive Tax Return Problems.
Appendix F: Table of Cases Cited.
Appendix G: Depreciation (online only).
Appendix H: Tax Formulas.
Appendix I: Present Value & Future Value Tables.
Affordable Care Act (online).

  • James C. Young

    James C. Young, Ph.D., C.P.A., is the PricewaterhouseCoopers Professor of Accountancy at Northern Illinois University. He earned his B.S. from Ferris State University and his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Dr. Young's research focuses on taxpayer responses to the income tax, using archival data. His dissertation received the PricewaterhouseCoopers/American Taxation Association Dissertation Award and his subsequent research has received funding from a number of organizations, including the Ernst & Young Foundation Tax Research Grant Program. His work has been published in a variety of academic and professional journals, including the National Tax Journal, The Journal of the American Taxation Association and Tax Notes. Honored as a Northern Illinois University Distinguished Professor, Dr. Young received the Illinois C.P.A. Society Outstanding Accounting Educator Award in 2012. In addition, he has received numerous university teaching awards from Northern Illinois University, George Mason University and Michigan State University.

  • Annette Nellen

    Annette Nellen, C.P.A., C.G.M.A., Esquire, directs San José State University’s graduate tax program (M.S.T.) and teaches courses in tax research, tax fundamentals, accounting methods, property transactions, employment tax, ethics and tax policy. Professor Nellen is a graduate of CSU Northridge, Pepperdine (M.B.A.) and Loyola Law School. Prior to joining San José State University (SJSU) in 1990, she worked with a Big Four firm and the IRS. At SJSU, Professor Nellen has been recognized with the Outstanding Professor and Distinguished Service awards. She is an active member of the tax sections of the AICPA, American Bar Association and California Lawyers Association. She chaired the AICPA Tax Executive Committee from October 2016 to May 2019. In 2013, she received the AICPA Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award -- the highest award given by the accounting profession in the area of taxation. Professor Nellen is the author of Bloomberg Tax Portfolio, Amortization of Intangibles. She has published numerous articles in the AICPA Tax Insider, The Tax Adviser, State Tax Notes and The Journal of Accountancy. She has testified before the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees and other committees on federal and state tax reform. Professor Nellen maintains the 21st Century Taxation website and blog ( as well as websites on tax reform and state tax issues (

  • William A. Raabe

    William A. Raabe, Ph.D., C.P.A., was the University of Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of Taxation. He taught at Ohio State, Arizona State, the Capital University (Ohio) Law School and the Universities of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Whitewater. A graduate of Carroll University (Wisconsin) and the University of Illinois, Dr. Raabe’s teaching and research interests have included international and multistate taxation, technology in tax education, personal financial planning and the economic impact of sports teams and fine arts groups. Dr. Raabe has also written the PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax Case Studies and has written extensively about book-tax differences in financial reporting. Dr. Raabe has served as a visiting tax faculty member for a number of public accounting firms, bar associations and C.P.A. societies. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Accounting Educator of the Year award from the Wisconsin Institute of C.P.A.s. He has been the faculty adviser for student teams in the Deloitte Tax Case Competition (coaching national finalists at three different schools) as well as the PricewaterhouseCoopers Extreme Tax policy competition (coaching a national finalist).

  • William H. Hoffman

    Dr. William H. Hoffman, Jr., earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Michigan before serving in the Korean War as an officer in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps. Following his return from military service, he completed his M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Hoffman was a licensed C.P.A. and attorney in Texas. Recognized for his teaching excellence, Dr. Hoffman's academic experience included working with The University of Texas, Louisiana State University and the University of Houston. During his time in Houston, Dr. Hoffman served as a professor, mentor and doctoral adviser to countless students and colleagues. Between 1977 and 1980, he established what is now the SOUTH-WESTERN FEDERAL TAXATION SERIES. A frequently requested professional speaker, Dr. Hoffman addressed many tax institutes and conferences and published extensively in academic and professional journals. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Taxation, The Tax Adviser, Taxes–The Tax Magazine, The Journal of Accountancy, The Accounting Review and Taxation for Accountants.

  • David M. Maloney

    David M. Maloney, Ph.D., C.P.A., is the Carman G. Blough Professor of Accounting Emeritus at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond and his graduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upon joining the University of Virginia faculty, Dr. Maloney taught federal taxation in the graduate and undergraduate programs and was a recipient of major research grants from the Ernst & Young and KPMG Foundations. Dr. Maloney has published work in numerous professional journals, including Journal of Taxation, The Tax Adviser, Tax Notes, Corporate Taxation, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Taxation of Investments and Journal of Accountancy.

  • NEW CONTENT EMPHASIZES NEW IRS GUIDANCE UNDER THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. In addition to this new direction, this edition offers more data analytics and Excel problems that reflect this latest act.

  • TAX FORM PROBLEMS HIGHLIGHT KEY SKILLS AND CURRENT CHALLENGES. This edition's new problems demonstrate how to overcome today's most challenging issues in individual income tax preparation. These up-to-date problems also help students refine critical-thinking skills. They provide focused opportunities for additional practice and broaden your options for assigning homework.

  • FULLY UPDATED, REVISED CONTENT REFLECTS TODAY'S LATEST TAX CHANGES AND REFORMS. Up-to-date coverage details the most current tax legislation for individual taxpayers, as of the time of publication. Students are able to examine today's most recent tax law changes with complete coverage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

  • MEMORABLE LEARNING VIDEOS HELP STUDENTS THOROUGHLY UNDERSTAND AND APPLY TAX CONCEPTS. Engaging videos with practical applications strengthen your students' comprehension and ensure learners understand how to complete end-of-chapter homework successfully.

  • CURRENT PROFESSIONAL TAX SOFTWARE PREPARES STUDENTS FOR REAL WORK IN TODAY'S TAX ENVIRONMENT. Students gain experience using professional software from Intuit® ProConnect. They also answer C.P.A. review questions from Becker -- one of today's top C.P.A. review tools -- as they prepare for success.

  • UPDATED CONTENT AND DIGITAL RESOURCES OFFER FOCUSED PRACTICE AND TOOLS FOR INDEPENDENT STUDY. This edition works seamlessly with updated, accompanying digital solutions, including the leading course management and learning tool, CNOWv2. Digital resources offer focused hands-on practice to reinforce key tax skills and the understanding of tax concepts needed to succeed.

  • PROVEN TAX RETURN FORM PROBLEMS PROVIDE ADDITIONAL ONLINE PRACTICE. Your students gain important practice in mastering the specific income taxation skills they need with the variety of up-to-date practice opportunities and independent study resources in CNOWv2.

  • EMPHASIS ON CRITICAL THINKING EQUIPS STUDENTS TO MEET TODAY'S TAX CHALLENGES. This edition's end-of-chapter homework assignments focus on critical thinking to help students develop this and other crucial skills needed in taxation and business today.

  • IN-CHAPTER "EXAMPLES" IMMEDIATELY CLARIFY AND REINFORCE CONCEPTS. This book's unique "Example" presentation uses memorable, clear taxation examples that make it easy for students to read and quickly understand even complex taxation concepts.

  • PRACTICAL TAX SCENARIOS BEGIN AND CONCLUDE EACH CHAPTER. The "Big Picture: Tax Solutions for the Real World" examines lives, careers and tax situations of typical individual filers. Each Big Picture case asks students to develop tax solution for these real-life dilemmas. Four examples in the chapter relate to the "Big Picture" tax situation. End-of-chapter "Refocus on the Big Picture" summaries and tax planning scenarios apply chapter concepts to professional solutions. A "What If?" section also demonstrates how tax treatments vary as the filer's situation changes.

  • "FRAMEWORK 1040" HELPS STUDENTS NAVIGATE CRITICAL TOPICS. The book's unique framework demonstrates how tax concepts are organized. The "Framework 1040" uses the Income Tax Formula for Individuals to help students organize their understanding of each chapter's concepts and see how the topics they have learned relate to the basic tax formula. Students learn where various items are reported on Form 1040.

  • "TAXATION IN THE REAL-WORLD" BLOG HELPS YOU BRING THE LATEST TOPICS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM. Drawn from today's current business and popular press, the "Taxation in the Real World" blog features timely articles that enliven class discussions. The blog highlights contemporary issues that illustrate the chapter material and apply the concepts students are learning to real life.

  • VARIETY OF PROVEN LEARNING FEATURES HELPS STUDENTS DEVELOP PROFESSIONAL SKILLS. "Ethics and Equity" features spark critical thinking and discussion as students evaluate their own value systems while reviewing ethical scenarios. A separate section in most chapters details how to apply the tax law to reach taxpayer's goals. Tax planning applications also appear throughout each chapter. "Global Tax Issues" illustrate tax laws across the globe and highlight how international concerns impact taxation. In addition, Decision-Making Problems help students refine analytical skills.

  • END-OF-CHAPTER COMPUTATIONAL EXERCISES PROVIDE ESSENTIAL PRACTICE. Your students gain significant hands-on experience and practice with Computational Exercises in most chapters. These exercises encourage students to apply what they've learned while reinforcing the chapter's Learning Objectives.

  • CUMULATIVE TAX RETURN PROBLEMS CHALLENGE STUDENTS TO APPLY TAX KNOWLEDGE FROM PREVIOUS SECTIONS. Students apply the concepts they've mastered as they complete actual tax forms. Professional tax software from Intuit® ProConnect provides an authentic, professional tax preparation experience.

  • CNOWv2 OPTIMIZES STUDENT LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT. CNOWv2 is built around the way students learn, study and complete homework. End-of-chapter homework from this edition, "What If" versions of problems, algorithmic problems, detailed feedback, test bank questions, thorough tagging and student video resources create an effective learning environment. An Adaptive Study Plan and an assignable, gradable study center adjust to each student's unique needs, providing a remediation pathway to keep every learner on track.

  • END-OF-CHAPTER C.P.A. REVIEW QUESTIONS FROM BECKER PREPARE STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS ON TODAY'S C.P.A. EXAM. Students review key concepts using proven questions from Becker Professional Education® -- one of the industry's most effective tools to prepare for the C.P.A. Exam.

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