Sole Proprietors and Single-Member LLCs – 2018 Law – Self-Study (No Videos)

Course Description

This course discusses rules relating to reporting of income and expenses on Schedule C. Income and expense reporting on Schedule C frequently involves preparation of other tax forms such as Forms 4562, Depreciation & Amortization, and 4797, Sales of Business Property.

The homework assignment incorporates some more advanced concepts from other courses. It is recommended students complete our course “Sale of Assets (Schedule D & Form 4797)” prior to attempting this course.

Topics Covered

  • Overview of how small businesses are taxed
  • Line-by-line instructions for completion of Schedule C
  • Accounting methods
  • Determining when a business must issue Form(s) 1099
  • Form W-9 – Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification
  • Procedures for issuing Form(s) 1099 and issuance of “B” notices to payees who fail to provide a valid TIN
  • IRS TIN matching process
  • Overview of Form 1099 MISC
  • Identifying and reporting business income amounts
  • Determining the deductibility of business and expenses
  • Automobile expense reporting requirements
  • Definition of materials and supplies for 2014 and later years
  • Family daycare provider businesses
  • Cost of goods sold
  • Business use of automobile
  • Deductibility of business expenses
  • Meal and entertainment expenses
  • Determining your tax home for purposes of deducting travel expenses
  • Figuring the deductible part of travel expenses for travel outside of the United States
  • Daily per diem rates
  • AMTRAK Act
  • Form 4562 Depreciation and Amortization
  • Cost of goods sold (COGS)
  • Business gift expenses and the $25 limit
  • Work-related education expenses
  • Business use of home
  • Line-by-line instructions for preparation of Form 8829 – Expenses for Business Use of Your Home
  • Simplified option for home office deduction
  • Domestic activities production deduction and instructions for Form 8903
  • Employee payroll rules
  • Payroll tax reporting
  • Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS)
  • Preparation of Schedule SE to figure self-employment tax under the regular and optional methods
  • Local tax concerns
  • Special rules relating to farm income
  • Net operating loss rules
  • Record-keeping and financial management for business owners


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

  • Describe how married filers who jointly own a business can elect to file as a qualified joint venture
  • Provide identification and disclosure information for a business on Schedule C
  • Determine if you are required to have an employer identification number (EIN) and how to apply for one
  • Select an accounting method for your business and determine if your business should use the cash or accrual method of accounting
  • Determine if your business is required to issue Form 1099-Misc to persons you make payments to
  • Identify the types of payments that must be reported on Form 1099-Misc
  • Explain when Form 1099-K Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions is issued to a tax payer
  • Explain procedures for issuing “B” Notices and doing back-up withholding when a person to whom you make payment fails to provide you with a valid TIN
  • Describe systems the IRS uses to match the name and TIN reported on a tax return to the records it has on file
  • Differentiate between deductible and nondeductible expenses, and explain how to report income and expenses from self-employment on Schedule C
  • Describe rules relating to the deductibility of travel, meal and entertainment expenses
  • Calculate per-diem meal expense deductions for travel inside the United States and for travel outside of the United States
  • Explain special rules which relate to travel expenses for transportation workers
  • Determine if you qualify to claim deductions for expenses related to office use of home
  • Figure the amount of home office deduction you can claim using Form 8829 and the Simplified Method
  • Describe special procedures relating to per diem meal expenses and home office deductions that apply to home day care providers
  • Outline special reporting requirements for business use of autos
  • Calculate self-employment tax on Schedule SE
  • Calculate the domestic production activities deduction on Form 8903
  • Identify some of the unique provisions that apply towards farming income
  • Describe steps used to determine if you have a net operating loss
  • Identify payroll reporting requirements for businesses which have employees
  • Advise taxpayers on record-keeping requirements and describe different methods of tracking expenses that will support income and deduction items claimed on a tax return


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Self-Study (No Videos)

Course Type:



2018 Tax Law

Registration Status:

Registration Open

Ends: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 11:59 PM (PST)

Course Status


Started: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Ended: Thursday, March 3, 2022 11:59 PM (PST)

Course Length:

8 Hours


Course Fees:

Registration $5.00
Tuition $10.00
Course Materials $85.00
Total $100.00

Course Credits:

IRS (Federal Tax Law) 8 Hours
Oregon Tax Board 8 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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  • Break to complete classwork and quiz assignments as instructed.
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