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

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  • 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: #310,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Basics of Filing (Chap. 1)

including:

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)

including:

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)

including:

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)

including:

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)

including:

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)

including:

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)

including:

Electronic filing – Chap. 46

Filing extensions – Chap. 46

IRS Audits – Chap. 48

Amended returns – Chap. 47


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Good explanations in English with helpful examples.
Margaret W Warrick
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.
Hal Jordan
I've been doing my own taxes for many years, and only because J. K. Lasser is their to help me when I need it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hal Jordan VINE VOICE on 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 By G. Underwood on 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 By evanlucky13 on November 22, 2011
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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 By Surferguyzzz on 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 By ben dreamingof7 on 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 By N. Oneill on 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 By john on December 28, 2011
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on November 26, 2011
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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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