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Fiduciary Income Tax Returns - Form 1041 Workshop with Filled-in Forms


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Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

1500 Fairmont Rd
Fairmont, MT 59711

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8.00 Credits

Member Price $300.00

Price will increase by $50 after 10/17

Non-Member Price $350.00

Price will increase by $50 after 10/17


This course is designed as a comprehensive guide to the core concepts of trust and estate income tax preparation.  The course explains the common terminology and complicated income tax rules of estates and trusts, fiduciary accounting, and an introduction to or refresher on preparing Form 1041.  This practical, over 300-page manual is an excellent reference source for your practice, which begins with quite simple cases.  Building upon that base throughout the manual, the course ends with two complicated preparation cases, one trust and one estate, each with filled-in forms.


  • Classifying receipts between "income" and "corpus" under the Uniform Principal and Income Act
  • Calculation of DNI utilizing three different methods, a "forms" method (Schedule B), a "code" method, and a "shortcut" method, utilizing a worksheet of common income and expenses
  • Proper W-2 preparation and procedures in the year of death
  • Taxpayer passes before taking a required minimum distribution, what must be done?
  • Forgetful fiduciaries of simple trusts
  • Fluctuating trusts - Simple one year, complex the next
  • Dividing income in the year of death
  • Overview of Subchapter J
  • Form preparation issues - Filing requirements and line-by-line explanations of Form 1041
  • Taxable income of estates and trusts and expense allocation issues
  • Specific deductions and miscellaneous itemized deductions
  • Income in respect of a decedent
  • The income distribution deduction calculation
  • Relation of principal and income law to DNI
  • Understanding how to handle capital gains and losses
  • Allocating tax items to beneficiaries: another K-1
  • Other considerations: excess deductions on termination
  • Effects of the CARES and Tax Relief Acts on trust: §461(1) Excess Business Loss Limitation, NOL, §163(j) modifications, new employer credits
  • Comprehensive DNI case study, with principal (cost and FMV) and income reconciliation
  • Comprehensive trust and estate case studies, with filled-in forms


Experience with the preparation of income tax returns

Designed For

Accounting and Financial Professionals, whose practice includes the preparation of fiduciary income tax returns.


After attending this presentation you will be able to:

  • Be aware of fiduciary accounting principles
  • Calculate Distributable Net Income and the income distribution deduction
  • Prepare form 1041 and Schedule K-1





Leader Bios

Don Cochran, Nichols Patrick CPE Inc

Don Cochran, JD, CPA, CFP®, CRC® has twenty-nine years experience as a lawyer and CPA adding financial planning in 2008 and retirement planning to his areas of expertise in 2008. He has developed and presented seminars and training for financial professionals and the public, including technical presentations on recent tax law changes and advanced planning techniques for wealthy individuals and closely held businesses. Don is a member of the Minnesota and Iowa State Bar Associations, the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Non-Member Price $350.00

Member Price $300.00