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J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2012: For Preparing Your 2011 Tax Return [Paperback]

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November 8, 2011 1118072545 978-1118072547 2
America's number one bestselling tax guide offers the best balance of thoroughness, organization, and usability

For over half a century, more than 39 million Americans have turned to J.K. Lasser for easy-to-follow, expert advice and guidance on planning and filing their taxes. Written by a team of tax specialists, J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2012 includes all the outstanding features that have made this book the nation's all-time top-selling tax guide. It covers some of the most important topics associated with your taxes, from what must you report as income and strategies that will save you on taxes to how much tax you actually owe and what deductions can you claim.

As an added value, you can gain direct access to bonus materials through jklasser.com, including links to the latest tax forms from the IRS, up-to-the-minute tax law changes, small business help, and much more. Filled with in-depth insights and timely advice, this is the guide of choice for today's serious taxpayer.

  • Contains over 2,500 easy-to-use tax planning tips and strategies and easy-to-understand coverage of the year's tax law changes
  • Includes filing tips and instructions to help you prepare your 2011 return
  • Comprised of a quick reference section that highlights what's new for 2011 as well as a topic index to help pinpoint the biggest money-saving deductions
  • Offers instruction for customers who use software or CPAs to file their taxes

Filled with practical tax guidance you can't find anywhere else, J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2012 will help you plan and file your 2011 tax return in the most efficient way possible.

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Basics of Filing (Chap. 1)


Which form to file – Chap. 1

Filing as Head of Household – Chap. 1

Filing for your children – Chap. 1

Filing for married couples – Chap. 1

What Must You Report as Income? (Chaps. 2–11)


Fringe Benefits – Chap. 3

Capital gains & losses – Chap. 5

Traditional & Roth IRAs – Chap. 8

Rental Income – Chap. 9

What Deductions Can You Claim? (Chaps. 12–21)


Moving expenses – Chap. 12

Casualty Loss – Chap. 18

Charitable deductions – Chap. 14

Who is a dependent? – Chap. 21

How Much Tax Do You Owe? (Chaps. 22–27)


The AMT – Chap. 23

Your child's tax – Chap. 24

Personal tax credits – Chap. 25

Estimated taxes – Chap. 27

Strategies to Save You Taxes (Chaps. 28–39)


Tax-free residence sales – Chap. 29

Investing in securities – Chap. 30

Armed forces rules – Chap. 35

Tax credits for education – Chap. 33Planning Ideas for Your Business (Chaps. 40–45)


Home office deduction – Chap. 40

Keogh, Simple, or SEP – Chap. 41

Auto expenses – Chap. 43

Self-employment tax – Chap. 45

Now That You're Done (Chaps. 46–49)


Electronic filing – Chap. 46

Filing extensions – Chap. 46

IRS Audits – Chap. 48

Amended returns – Chap. 47

Product Details

  • Series: J.K. Lasser (Book 124)
  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118072545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118072547
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best and most comprehensive tax guide December 13, 2011
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This is the most comprehensive tax guide out there. Whether you are an average Joe filling out your own return or a tax professional who needs a handy guide, this is the book to get. I converted to using TurboTax a few years ago and it certainly is an improvement over doing my return by hand. And I suppose that if you dig around enough in TurboTax -- or use their online help community -- you can probably get most of the information that is in Lasser's book. I still find Lasser's to be valuable, though, because it is easier to flip through it then it is to hunt around on the TurboTax site. Admittedly, a fair amount of the text reads as if it were lifted directly from the relevant IRS publications, but the book has a ton of good examples to help you to understand whatever the point is. Even if somebody else is doing your return, there are bound to be times when you would like to check what the rules are on some issue. Finally, it's very inexpensive. So, unless you are filing the 1040 EZ, I don't know why you wouldn't want to pick up a copy of this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best of the Tax Books January 15, 2012
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What can I say? I have used this book for most of the 30+years I've done taxes. Easy reference, good ideas/changes in the margins. Very good index. I've tried others but come back to Lasser. Have not used the online services, though, so no comment there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredibly useful November 22, 2011
This tax guide help me to increase my returns a full 40 percent from last year. The easy to use material saved me lots of head aches and i was able to navigate my way through what ought to have been a long and arduous process within a few hours. thank God for this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST THERE IS FOR THE MONEY! December 7, 2011
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I've purchased YOUR INCOME TAX each year for 30+ years.
It's a big book, that's extremely well written and indexed, that also includes information about recent court rulings - - not just the one sided view that IRS publications provide.
For the money - Your Income Tax is the best Tax Book available anywhere!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT December 12, 2011
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I buy one every year before I start my taxes as I find it is very helpful and answers any question I might have and gives pointers and suggestions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and Resource! December 30, 2011
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JK Lasser books and especially this one, are highly recommended for tax professionals and taxpayers who want to understand their tax returns better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Use for tax comutation December 28, 2011
By john
This product is very useful for people who want to know about tax information. I use it to find different references for my Schedule A tax form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Taxpayer's Reference Guide November 26, 2011
J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2012: For Preparing Your 2011 Tax Return, J.K. Lasser Institute

There are two reasons to read this book. 1) You are preparing a paper return and wish to learn more that what is printed in the IRS "Forms and Instructions". 2) You want to read and learn more than what you get from a tax preparer or computer program. Since your economic activities have tax consequences you should read or browse the relevant sections of this book as it applies to you. Some ignore the tax consequences until its too late. Since most people don't have tax lawyers, and may not be able to get advice on a telephone, or even from the Internet, you need to reference this book as needed. Do not be afraid of the size of this book as most people will not need all chapters. Pages xxv to xxvii has "What's New for 2011".

Part 1 "Filing Basics" discusses filing status. Part 2 "Reporting Your Income" discusses wages, salary, other compensation; fringe benefits; dividend and interest income; reporting property sales, tax free exchanges of property; retirement and annuity income; IRAs; income from rents and royalties, loss restrictions; other income. Part 3 "Claiming Deductions" discusses deductions allowed for adjusted gross income; standard or itemized deductions; charitable contribution deductions; itemized deductions for interest; deductions for taxes; medical and dental expenses; casualty and theft losses; job costs and miscellaneous expenses; travel and entertainment expenses; personal exemptions. Part 4 "Personal Tax Computations" tells how to figure your taxes; AMT; "Kiddie Tax" on child's investment income; personal tax credits; tax withholding; and estimated tax payments.

Part 5 "Tax Planning" Chapters 28 through 39 should be read by everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Complete Coverage
J. K. Lassers Your Income Tax provides extensive detail and is useful for looking up tax rules for future actions as well as information helping understand why TurboTax handles... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Charles Wittenburg
5.0 out of 5 stars The best!
For a serious tax preparer, this is the absolute best book on the market. An expanded version of Pub 17, it is well organized and easy to navigate. Read more
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This book contained most of the information that I needed. I got through the IRS preview without having to redo anything. Read more
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I have been using J K Lassers to help me do my own taxes for years. This book I bought for my brother to show him how easy it is to look up any tax questions. Read more
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This book was well written and helped me understand in great detail the deductions I could legally take. I would recommend it to others.
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Good explanations in English with helpful examples.
It is not just a reiteration of the tax code.
Very helpful.
Published 15 months ago by Margaret W Warrick
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My husband buys this book every year. It has contains a lot of helpful information for doing our taxes. Great!
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When I was 19 years old I found this book. I started doing tax returns for people while i was in school using this book as a reference. Read more
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I purchase this tax preperation book every year, just so I have something to refer to, if something comes up that I'm not sure I fully understand. Read more
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