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Badge in Wealth Planning

The School of Accounting's wealth planning badge (not a degree or a certificate) is designed to prepare students for advanced level tax research and planning for estates, gifts, and trusts, including tasks such as:

  • Research and provide tax law conclusions for tax issues posited by various tax fact patterns regarding:
    • Federal income taxation of trusts and estates and the generation-skipping transfer tax, including entity classification, determination of distributable net income, simple trusts, fiduciary accounting income, throwback rules, decedent income, and grantor trust rules
    • Advanced transfer tax issues in estate and gift tax returns, discounts, special valuation rules, irrevocable life insurance trusts, gifting issues, marital deductions, buy-sell agreements, family limited partnerships, and charitable trusts



The School of Accounting is accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), a seal of approval employers' trust.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of ACC 622 and ACC 627 or equivalents. Applicants seeking this badge while undergraduate or dual enrolled students must specify whether each course will count toward their current undergraduate degree or a future graduate degree.

Badge Requirements

The wealth planning badge is comprised of two courses (6 credits) that are offered on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus at the L William Seidman Center in downtown Grand Rapids. The badge may be completed fully online, with courses offered synchronously or asynchronously online.

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