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Independent Contractor, Sole Proprietor, and LLC Taxes Explained in 100 Pages or Less [Kindle Edition]

Mike Piper
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Find all of the following, explained in plain-English with no legal jargon:

Business Taxation 101: A brief primer on tax topics in general, especially as they apply to businesses.

Home Office Deduction: How to ensure you qualify for it and how to calculate it.

Estimated Tax payments: When and how to pay them, as well as an easy way to calculate each payment.

Self-Employment Tax: What it is, why it exists, and how to calculate it.

Business Retirement Plans: What the different types are, and which one is best for you.

Numerous Business Deductions: Several deductions explained in detail, including how to make sure you can qualify to take them and how to maximize them.

Audit Protection: Learn what records you need to keep (and how long to keep them) in order to protect yourself in case of an audit.


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Find all of the following, explained in plain-English with no legal jargon:

Business Taxation 101: A brief primer on tax topics in general, especially as they apply to businesses.

Home Office Deduction: How to ensure you qualify for it and how to calculate it.

Estimated Tax payments: When and how to pay them, as well as an easy way to calculate each payment.

Self-Employment Tax: What it is, why it exists, and how to calculate it.

Business Retirement Plans: What the different types are, and which one is best for you.

Numerous Business Deductions: Several deductions explained in detail, including how to make sure you can qualify to take them and how to maximize them.

Audit Protection: Learn what records you need to keep (and how long to keep them) in order to protect yourself in case of an audit.

From the Author

Please note that this book does not apply to multiple-member LLCs (that is, LLCs with more than one owner).

Product Details

  • File Size: 236 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Simple Subjects, LLC (June 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FOE646
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple and readable, but a bit too shallow March 12, 2008
Format:Paperback
This self-published book is literally 100 pages from cover to cover; as such (the author's favorite phrase which he uses ad nauseam), the real stuff only goes from about page 12 to page 90. Plus there's a ton of white space on each page.

Why do I mention this? Because even though the book makes some tax topics easy to understand -- for instance, I liked its short chapter on retirement plans -- it's a rather poor value for over twelve bucks. The author could have said so many more things, without complicating anything. For instance, the said chapter on retirement plans sorely lacks information -- important information -- on when each plan must be filed with the IRS. Also, the few chapters on business deductions (a topic most readers bought the book for) are very light and very shallow.

If you're absolutely clueless about sole-proprietorship tax planning and don't want to hire an accountant, this book can serve as a start, a primer of sort, but you'll need another more in-depth book like those put out by JK Lasser or Nolo. If you already know something about business taxes, this book will be too elementary for you.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to have on the shelf October 2, 2007
Format:Paperback
As a private consultant I use this book as a reference guide even when helping my clients. I read to see if I agreed with everything and my reaction was wow "they actually know what they are talking about"!

I would recommend this to new business owners along with other consultants. It's a good guide and a good reference book when you get a client's issue that don't normally work with.

The only down side is that % and tax laws do change so you will still need to make sure you keep up with the newest rates.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide! October 1, 2007
Format:Paperback
I purchased Nolo's Tax Savvy For Small Business and was inundated with unnecessary information. Mike Piper does an excellent job of getting straight to the point without missing any points. Very informative and helpful, thanks!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars General and Easy January 21, 2008
Format:Paperback
It is very simple and easy to read. Don't expect it to go into a lot of detail on one particular item. It basically reiterated what I already knew and brought up more questions than answers for me. If you're looking for an introductory tool...almost a "Dummies" version, then look no further!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing the Good Parts March 1, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I came into this with no prior knowledge of this topic. I spent a few hours one afternoon Googling Schedule C, Estimated Taxes and ended up coming across this book. I was a bit disappointed with what was missing. It did, however, cover what I learned in the first hour of my Google search, so if you want to make sure that you don't miss any of the basics and that you have a list of topics for further research, this is a good resource. If you're looking for a "Surprisingly Simple" How-To book, this is *not* the book for you, because it doesn't really go so far as to teach you how to actually do any of these things. I would have preferred a smaller font and more information or perhaps 150 pages or less:)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome September 29, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book is fabulous. All I wanted was a simple rundown of what I needed to do as a self employed person. Read the script in about an hour and had all my answers as to where to start. Very easy and straightforward. I especially liked the section on estimated taxes, how to compute them, when they are due, etc. A great reference for all self employed to have on hand.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is the 3rd book of Mike piper's that I have purchased and read. My wife and I have been self-employed for 20+ years. You would have thought by now that we would have known everything there was to know and this book would have had little to offer.

Not so. For us it helped to understand how all the parts fit together to create the bigger picture. For example, how self-employment taxes, exemption and deductions work. A nice how to on calculating self-employment tax.

Sort and concise and a great reference book. I especially liked the fact that he put information in the book w/ regard to the self-employed/individual 401 K and that you can get such a vehicle with a ROTH component. This is VERY important information becuase I think there are MANY 1099 or self employeed folks out there that do not even know such an investment option even exists.

Happy trails, cowboy Mike
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for an Overview February 28, 2013
By Joniz
Format:Kindle Edition
Now maybe there's stuff this book is not telling me that someone who knows this stuff thinks it should, but than that person should probably be reading some other book. For someone like me, who knows nothing beyond filing my own personal, employee-related taxes, this is just the right amount to keep me from closing the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A short, simple, easy-to-read introduction to taxes
As someone who knew literally nothing about taxes, this book was a great introduction.

By no means is this book going to make you an expert accountant. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars simple!
It made me feel totally prepared, rather than totally confused. Still using an accountant, but should save a ton on hourly fees.
Published 2 months ago by RarelyReview
4.0 out of 5 stars Good information to get you started.
This book (I bought the Kindle version) let's you know about what you need to know about being an independent contractor. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul R. Mackinnon
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful but very high level overview
It certainly doesn't tell you what to do nor provide any guidance on the entity form but it is a useful primer on the mechanics of working for yourself.
Published 4 months ago by Casey
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy, quick overview.
The book wasn't promising anything more than getting you over the hump of talking about and beginning to understand your small business taxes, and on that it delivers. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book That Gets Right To The Point!
This is a fantastic little tax book that gets past the fat and straight to the heart of the matter. This is very easy to grasp. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mistress Of Mystery
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
fast and quick overview of the internal operations of a LLC. doesn't go real deep into any subject but provides a basic understanding. not a bad read.
Published 6 months ago by Jesse Willems
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview.
Great introduction to taxes. He used good examples. I wish he would have have used more examples but I guess it was limited by 100 pgs.
Published 6 months ago by james trieschmann
3.0 out of 5 stars BASIC BUT GOOD SIMPLE info
Great for a person just starting a business for the first time.Simple and delivers as much as the author promises.Easy to read and comparisons are well written.
Published 6 months ago by mustafa dirilten
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, sweet, and to the point.
This was laid out exactly as I'd hoped. I'll absolutely be buying more of his books. Thanks so much Mike!
Published 6 months ago by M. Longmire
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Mike Piper is the author of 8 personal finance books and the popular blog Oblivious Investor (obliviousinvestor.com). He is a Missouri Licensed CPA. Mike's writing has been featured in many places, including The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, AARP Magazine, Forbes, CBS News, MarketWatch, and Morningstar.



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