Accounting for Tax Attorneys

Washington University School of Law | 3 credits

This course is designed to introduce the basic concepts of tax accounting and financial disclosure to tax lawyers with little to no prior exposure to accounting. Emphasis will be on the contents of standard financial statements and accounting dialect (debit and credit). The course will examine the legal consequences of accounting decisions and the lawyer's role in financial statement analysis. The final part of the course will focus on applying tax accounting concepts in the legal setting, including responding to auditor inquiries, asset valuation issues, and corporate equity issues.