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Explaining the Rules, Both Written and Understood
on March 2, 2006
The income tax laws of the United States clearly allow you do deduct business expenses. But from this basic rule has come an incredibly complex set of subsidiary rules that further define what are legitimate deductions and what are not allowed.
The strength of this book is that it explains these rather complex (arcane even) IRS rules in plain common sense language that the average businessman can follow. And further it gives hints and tips that are based on what is known about how the IRS really operates - these are the real rules instead of the written rules. For instance -- Filing by mail reduces your chance of being audited. Why, because the IRS doesn't transcribe all of the information on the printed return to electronic form where it can be analyzed by computer. If you file electronically, everything you enter is available for the computer to analyze.
You'll never know if information like this kept you from being audited, but it's certainly information that you'd want to know. In this book there is a wealth of such information that can't help but be of use as you prepare your tax forms.