ACC 665 Grand Canyon All Week Discussions
ACC 665 Grand Canyon Module 1 Discussion 1
Discuss some of your initial apprehensions surrounding working with your CLC team and client Dave Novell throughout the course. Upon review of the case, what predictions can you make concerning the outcome of the case as it relates to Dave, his businesses, and family situation? What suggestions and/or resources can you offer your classmates for collaborating and completing the case study reports in a professional manner?
ACC 665 Grand Canyon Module 1 Discussion 2
A taxpayer uses borrowed funds to acquire no dividend-paying corporate stock. Note that interest on borrowed funds may be deducted in the period paid, up to the amount of net investment income from other stocks or investments (that is, interest and dividend income). Discuss the tax consequences of this plan and support your response by referencing a relevant reading and/or other supplemental material
ACC 665 Grand Canyon Module 2 Discussion 1
What background information provided in the case seems to be the most pertinent to Dave’s tax liability and ability to apply tax planning strategies in the most effective manner? Evaluate the documents left by the deceased tax preparer on their ability to complicate or improve Dave’s tax liability and/or personal/business circumstances. Support your response by referencing a relevant reading and/or other supplemental material.
ACC 665 Grand Canyon Module 2 Discussion 2
Under what circumstances is an investment, taxed each period at capital gains rates, preferred to an SPDA contract (taxed at ordinary rates on investment income but only at the point of liquidation)? When is Savings Vehicle IV (income deferred and taxed at capital gains rates at the point of liquidation) preferred to an SPDA? Support your response by providing a specific example in each circumstance.
ACC 665 Grand Canyon Module 3 Discussion 1
Provide at least two resources you have found to be useful in analyzing the case study thus far. Explain how you use the resource and why it is important.
ACC 665 Grand Canyon Module 3 Discussion 2
In determining the tax advantage of a current salary contract versus a deferred-compensation contract, why is it useful to set the contractual terms so as to hold one party indifferent to the choice of the contract? Does it matter whether the employee or employer is made indifferent between the two choices? Explain your reasoning and support your response by referencing a relevant reading and/or other supplemental material.
ACC 665 Grand Canyon Module 4 Discussion 1
Discuss recent developments in the case study, which seem to pose the most challenges for you and your CLC team in terms of providing Dave with highest level of service in terms of his personal and business needs.
ACC 665 Grand Canyon Module 4 Discussion 2
When a corporation repurchases shares of its stock from investors, do individual shareholders generally prefer the repurchase to be treated as a dividend for tax purposes or do they prefer it to be treated as a sale? What do corporate shareholders prefer? Why? Explain your reasoning and support your response by referencing a relevant reading and/or other supplemental material.
ACC 665 Grand Canyon Module 5 Discussion 1
As a financial analyst or tax planner, how would you determine whether a potential target firm’s goodwill was tax-based goodwill (deductible)? Explain your reasoning and support your response by referencing a relevant reading or providing a specific example.
ACC 665 Grand Canyon Module 5 Discussion 2
Under what general circumstances is a taxable acquisition structure preferable? Consider specifically the tax attributes and tax status of the target corporation and the target’s shareholders. Also consider the tax preferences and nontax circumstances of the acquiring corporation. Provide a specific example to substantiate your response.
ACC 665 Grand Canyon Module 6 Discussion 1
Apart from the exclusion equivalent, should tax planners recommend that all estate assets be transferred to the surviving spouse if the goal is to transfer resources to successive generations? What nontax issues arise in the planning problem?
ACC 665 Grand Canyon Module 6 Discussion 2
Under what circumstances is it more tax advantageous to give to charity during your lifetime rather than on bequest? What nontax factors might influence your decision?
ACC 665 Grand Canyon Module 7 Discussion 1
Why do countries with worldwide tax systems give foreign tax credits? Provide an example of the business implications for two different countries as it relates to doing business with the United States
ACC 665 Grand Canyon Module 7 Discussion 2
Consider a wealthy U.S. citizen that earns $1.3 million per year in dividends and capital gains from her portfolio of U.S. stocks. Can she legally avoid having this income subject to U.S. tax laws by forming an offshore holding company and having the holding company own the stock? She has her holding company reinvest the dividends and capital gains, so she personally receives no cash from her investments. Explain your reasoning and support your response by referencing a relevant reading and/or other supplemental material.
ACC 665 Grand Canyon Module 8 Discussion
Reflect upon your experience throughout the course. Share some challenges you and your team had as well as some successes. How has this experience better prepared you to work as an accountant and/or tax or financial advisor? To collaborate and work effectively with others? What areas or concepts studied throughout the course would you say you need the most developing in? What areas are you strongest in? What advice would you give to a new student taking this course?