ASU Sync classes for Fall 2020

Classes for on-campus students will be taught across three environments for the fall semester: in person, via Zoom, and 100% online.
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MTax curriculum

In only nine months, the Master of Taxation (MTax) degree will enhance your strategic thinking, decision-making, and communication, while focusing on data and analytics. Courses are taught by a mix of research faculty, former Big Four tax partners, and professionals with substantial experience and expertise.

Explore the discipline in greater depth than you could in an accounting master’s with a tax concentration: Five of the 10 courses are deep, technical, and tax-driven. Plus, you have the option to add two more tax courses with applied electives. Individualized attention and development are hallmarks of the MTax program, with small class sizes, mentorship opportunities with program alumni, and a supportive community of students sitting for the CPA exam while completing their degree.

The W. P. Carey School has also launched a partnership with Surgent CPA Review, providing CPA prep courses available free of charge to all MTax students, meaning you can prepare for and take the CPA exam while in school.


Course descriptions

Examine the tax consequences of common types of property transactions and enhance your ability to identify tax issues, locate and understand tax authority, and apply the authority to factual situations.

Examine analytics in the accounting function. Calculate, interpret, and apply descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics in a variety of case settings focusing on auditing, risk management, forensics, and strategic planning decisions and events.

A class focused on successfully preparing for the CPA Exam with an emphasis on review, ethics requirements, and testing strategies.

Addresses the emerging roles of accounting analytics in accounting, auditing and tax contexts. Technological advances have allowed the capture and economic storage of massive accounting and business data and the focus of this class is how to productively gather and apply big data to a variety of accounting, auditing and tax-related contexts. Focuses on understanding the data within major accounting information systems and generating meaningful audit and/or tax analytics from the data. Critical to this is a deep understanding of accounting flows, processes and controls in order to understand and build meaningful audit-centric and/or tax-centric analytics.

Master common situations in federal corporate taxation, including shareholder taxation. Explore the tax ramifications of corporate formations, operations, distributions to shareholders, liquidations, acquisitions, and reorganizations.

A class focused on successfully preparing for the CPA Exam with an emphasis on review, ethics requirements, and testing strategies.

Explore international taxation from a U.S. perspective, including tax treaties, transfer pricing, and inbound and outbound transactions. Explore current tax developments through cases focused on issue identification, research, professional judgment, and communication skills like those encountered in practice.

Develop a working knowledge of partnership income taxation. Topics include partnership taxation, partnership allocations, transactions between partners and partnerships, sales of partnership interests, distributions, and S corporations.

Discover principles of multi-state taxation, including the interaction among various multi-state tax issues and federal and state constitutional constraints. This course covers income tax with an emphasis on corporate tax matters, sales/use/gross receipts/excise taxes, and property taxes.

A class focused on successfully preparing for the CPA Exam with an emphasis on review, ethics requirements, and testing strategies.