Exam Preparation

Since the Tax Court does not publish suggested answers, and a successful candidate can no longer able to obtain their exam answers, knowing what and how to study for this test can be daunting.

Preparing to Practice before the US Tax Court is designed to focus the student’s study on the areas most likely to be tested. A comprehensive text, updated with each class cycle, provides explanatory material to highlight common exam topics, then applies past exam questions to the topic. Emphasis is on using current tax law and information to answer prior exam questions as there is limited value in knowing a full point answer for a prior exam if the law or procedure has since changed.

If self-study works best for you, we offer suggestions in the Self Study and in Study Resources sections on how to locate useful materials along with guidance in Ten Study Tips. Many will find it more helpful to work with a professional exam preparation specialist to guide their studies in the most effective and efficient manner. This also gives you access to study partners who are preparing to take the exam. Our course is divided into three sections:

Preparing to Practice before the US Tax Court (IRS Program number for 2018 to be obtained in late 2017 or early 2018) over 3 days in the first session, prepares the student for the Practice & Procedure, Evidence and Legal Ethics exam topics. The focus is on court jurisdiction, Tax Court Rules of Practice & Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence including hearsay and evidentiary applications, and the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

Comprehensive Tax Issues (IRS Program number for 2018 to be obtained in late 2017 or early 2018), over 3 days in the second session, is devoted to the Federal Taxation exam topics, including a synopsis and discussion of recently litigated court cases.

Review Tax Court Exam (IRS Program number for 2018 to be obtained in late 2017 or early 2018) over 2 days in the third session, is scheduled for exam week and provides a timed practice exam plus an intensive review of material for all exam sections. An optional informal study session the day before the formal review program is available to work with other students and USTCP mentors.

Although we believe that attending all three sessions gives you the best opportunity for success, you may also choose to attend any session(s) you feel best suits your particular needs or to purchase the 2016 discounted text (you must update this for changes in law, procedure and court cases since July 2016).  See the Forms, Articles, Links area.

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CE FOR ENROLLED AGENTS: Gregory & Associates, Inc. (dba USTC Practitioner’s Services), is authorized by the IRS Return Preparer Office to offer CE to enrolled agents in accordance with their policy for the live course sessions.