Federal Tax Credits for Families with Children – 2017 Law – Self-Study (No Videos)

Course Description

Rules surrounding a variety of benefits available to families with children are complex and often confusing. Allowable credits are subject to varying restrictions and may be dependent upon filing status, gross income and other limiting factors. This course covers important rules and offers numerous tax scenarios to help clarify understanding of these topics.

Topics Covered

  • Refundable vs nonrefundable credits
  • Rules for claiming the credit for child and dependent care expenses
  • Figuring the amount of childcare expense and completing Form 2441 – Child and Dependent Care Expenses
  • Rules for claiming the child tax credit
  • Definition of qualifying child for purposes of the child tax credit
  • Children of divorced or separated parents
  • Rules for claiming the adoption credit
  • Figuring the amount of adoption credit and completing Form 8839 – Qualified Adoption Expenses
  • Earned Income Credit rules for taxpayers without qualifying children
  • EIC rules for taxpayers who have qualifying children
  • Preparation of Schedule EIC
  • Special EIC rules for military/clergy/ disability income
  • Reclaiming the earned income credit after denial and requirements for Form 8862
  • Due diligence requirements for paid preparers with respect to EIC claims
  • Best practices with respect to EIC due diligence rules
  • IRS enforcement efforts and penalties impacting tax practitioners
  • Rules for claiming the additional child tax credit
  • Preparation of Schedule 8812


At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • Identify the difference between a refundable and nonrefundable credit
  • Determine what expenses qualify for the child and dependent care credit
  • Determine if your child qualifies you to take the child tax credit
  • Describe rules relating to the earned income credit
  • Determine who qualifies for the additional child tax credit & how to calculate it
  • Explain rules for calculating and claiming the adoption credit
  • Distinguish which family member should claim a particular tax benefit when two or more taxpayers qualify for the same benefits with respect to a qualifying child or qualifying relative.


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Self-Study(No Videos)

Course Type:



2017 Tax Law

Registration Status:

Registration Open

Ends: Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:59 PM (PST)

Course Status

Started: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 11:59 PM (PST)

Ended: Sunday, July 31, 2022 11:59 PM (PST)


Course Length:

5.5 Hours


Course Fees:

Registration $5.00
Tuition $10.00
Course Materials $60.00
Total $75.00

Course Credits:

IRS (Federal Tax Law) 5 Hours
Oregon Tax Board 5 Hours

Field of Study


Program Level



Basic tax knowledge

Delivery Method

Self-study (No Videos)

Educational Venue

Online Course

IRS Federal Program Number


Meet Your Instructor

April Gutierrez, Enrolled Agent:
Known for her entertaining speaking style and ability to make a complex subject easy to understand, April is frequently invited to speak to business groups and news media on tax-related topics. She has a B.A. in Communication Studies from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. She obtained her Oregon LTC in 1995.April resides in Portland, Oregon, with her husband Jess and their two sons. Her pastimes include gardening, travel, and playtime with her Arabian horse, Fancy.

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