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Problematic Self-Directed Retirement Activities Series - Session 4: Problematic Self-Directed Retirement Plan Activities

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Taxes - Technical

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ACPEN Industry Institute |  ACPEN Tax Institute |  IRS Approved |  Tax
David Randall Jenkins, Ph.D.
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3 Hours
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On Demand
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In the first lecture of this four-lecture retirement plan tax law series, Retirement Plan Management and Investment Risk Diversification Standards, we learned the retirement plan (self-dealing activity, incidental benefit) bright line was quantified and defined by public policy’s management and investment risk diversification standards. Such retirement plan risk diversification policy compliance results in transforming generally proscribed Sections 4975(c)(1)(D), (E), or (F) prohibited transaction self-dealing activities into incidental benefits. In the third lecture of this four-lecture retirement plan tax law series, Prohibited Transaction Chinese Walls, we learned eviscerating the self-dealing activity nexus plan asset element by and through properly invoking plan asset rule exceptions enables transforming specifically proscribed Sections 4975(c)(1)(A), (B), or (C) prohibited transaction self-dealing activities into incidental benefits. This lecture applies those retirement plan tax law fundamental concepts in teaching problematic self-directed retirement plan activities. Problematic activities currently pervasive across the nation generally include retirement plan management and investment risk diversification policy noncompliance, the lack of properly using Prohibited Transaction Chinese Walls, and specifically include the use of disqualified person entity Checkbook LLCs, self-directed retirement plan indirect operating company investments, unremunerated account holder non-administrative services, and unreported real estate dealer activity Section 512 unrelated business taxable income.


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Learning Objectives

*Understanding the history of substantial economic effect policy evolution

*Understanding Going Concern and Liquidation Capital Account Maintenance (Per Capita: Balances: Ratios) method transitivity

*Understanding economic effect trinity’s elements: capital account maintenance, liquidation in accordance with capital account balances, and final capital account deficit restoration

*Understanding Economic Effect Equivalence

*Understanding the simplicity of substantiality’s conclusive presumption

*Understanding necessary partnership agreement special allocation substantial economic effect provisions

*Understanding a substantial economic effect financial forecast should be created at the time originating and offsetting allocations are included in the partnership agreement to show there is a reasonable possibility the allocation will affect substantially the dollar amounts to be received by the partners of the partnership, independent of tax consequences

Major Subjects

*Partnership Special Allocations: History, Background, and Policy

*(Per Capita: Balances: Ratios) Capital Account Accounting Method Transitivity

*Economic Effect Trinity, including Economic Effect Equivalence

*The Simplicity of Substantiality’s Conclusive Presumption

*Simple Partnership Agreement Special Allocation Substantial Economic Effect Provisions

*Spreadsheet Going Concern and Liquidation Special Allocation Substantial Economic Effect Reasonable Possibility Analysis

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David Randall Jenkins, Ph.D., received his doctorate in accounting and a master’s in accounting with an emphasis in tax from the University of Arizona. He has taught financial, managerial, and tax accounting courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Jenkins is an AACSB academically qualified business school and tax professor owing to his peer reviewed journal article publications. His company, Algorithm LLC (, is an IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider.  Dr. Jenkins may be contacted at

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Participants in this lecture should have some basic understanding of:  Partnership capital account accounting,  Partnership capital account account methods, and Partnership tax law

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CPAs, Attorneys, , Enrolled Agents, Other Tax Professionals

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David Randall Jenkins, Ph.D.

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Group Internet Based

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Please contact Anne Taylor for any complaints.

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