Net Operating Losses Self-Study


The goal of every business is to make a profit, but losses still occur. Tax professionals need to know the provisions under §172, Net Operating Loss Deduction, because tax professionals increasingly find themselves working with clients who are incurring net operating losses (NOLs). Without a basic understanding of NOLs, it’s very difficult to provide clients with the best possible tax outcome. In addition to NOLs, the IRS analyzes an NOL under alternative minimum tax (AMT) rules. This course will enhance your understanding of NOLs and alternative minimum tax NOLs (ATNOLs).


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Determine if a business or individual has incurred an NOL.
  • Correctly calculate the amount of the NOL to maximize the amount to carryover or carryback.
  • Identify the elections of carrying back and carrying forward the NOL.
  • Identify the provisions of carrying back and carrying forward the NOL.
  • Distinguish between business and nonbusiness income and losses in order to correctly calculate the NOL.
  • Ensure the deadline for filing a carryback is met to provide the taxpayer the most flexibility in claiming an NOL deduction on Form 1045 or Form 1040X.
  • Identify the consequences of failing to make the election to forgo the carryback.
  • Correctly calculate an ATNOL using the regular NOL rules for modifications.
  • Correctly calculate an ATNOL while considering AMT adjustments and preferences.

Course Details

This course includes an e-book and exam questions to help you earn CPE. CPE is issued after the exam is successfully completed.


Presented by:

How to Earn CPE

To receive credit for this self-study course, you must successfully pass the course exam with a score of 70% or better.

Self-study courses and exams generally expire one year from the date of purchase. The AFTR course expires on December 31 of each year as required by the IRS.

Cancellation Policy

​Because this is an online education offering, it is nonrefundable.

eweb keepalive image