Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 15

Volume 15 Number 2, Pages 119-125

Summer 2004

Teaching Case
A First Case Project in Visual Basic.Net: Preparing an Income Tax Return

Mark G. Simkin
University of Nevada - Reno
Reno, NV 89557, USA

Abstract: Most commercial programming applications are considerably more complex than the end-of-chapter exercises found in programming textbooks. This case addresses this problem by requiring the students in an entry-level Visual Basic programming class to create an application that helps users prepare their U.S. income tax returns. For convenience, the forms in this project are simplified versions of some of the tax forms that a U.S. taxpayer would use to complete a real income tax return-i.e., Schedules A, B, and C, as well as a Child Care worksheet and a Schedule 1040. Although integrative in nature, the case does not require advanced programming skills, is useful as an interim class assignment, and can be completed using either VB.6 or VB.Net.

Keywords: Visual Basic, VB.Net, Computer programming, Project development, Income taxes, Data validation, Multiple forms

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Recommended Citation: Simkin, M. G. (2004). Teaching Case: A First Case Project in Visual Basic.Net: Preparing an Income Tax Return. Journal of Information Systems Education, 15(2), 119-125.