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How to Decipher a Law: Beginner to Advanced

How to Decipher a Law: Beginner to Advanced
IRS Program #: X9QQU-T-00870-22-S
CTEC #: 6257-CE-0080
CE: 2 IRS credits
Speaker: Thomas J. Williams, EA: Iris Palma, JD

Tax codes and regulations are technical and often confusing. As a tax preparer and advisor, it’s your job to decipher, explain, and apply these texts to your client’s facts and circumstances. Not only must you review federal guidelines, but also state and local rules. It takes time, patience, and practice. We’ll discuss how to break down the elements of a statute so you can better understand the nuances and streamline your workflow.

Learning Objectives:

  • Inspect complex legal text
  • Identify the critical aspects of a statute
  • Apply a shortcut to decipher the passage
  • Analyze sample clauses in a practical application exercise
  • Develop a methodical approach that’s easy to replicate

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