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Product Details

  • Series: Lower Your Taxes Big Time
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 4 edition (November 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071752021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071752022
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sandy Botkin was a CPA with Deloitte & Touche, and trained tax attorney for the IRS. Since founding the Tax Reduction Institute a decade ago, he has educated more than 100,000 taxpayers on how to properly use all appropriate tax breaks and subsidies.


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Sandy Botkin, CPA, Esq. former attorney and trainer for the IRS, is the president of the Tax Reduction Institute. Through seminars he has taught thousands how to save millions on their taxes.

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I had an advantage in making my decision to purchase this book.
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Well written and easy to follow, this is a MUST READ for every financial professional.
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Awesome read, would recommend it to anyone looking for hidden deductions.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Hutcheson TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 2, 2011
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It's hard to judge these many books on taxes and tax-related issues because a reviewer doesn't necessarily know what a specific reader needs to know.

In my case, I'm interested in tax advice to the self-employed. I want to get all the deductions to which I'm entitled. In reading a number of books of late, I've discovered I've been lax in that area.

We can't expect our tax preparer to dig out deductions for us. Nor our software or anything else. We have to understand the current tax law as it relates to us and find our own deductions. That's why these books exist. Of course, some exist to help you prepare your taxes. But I'm not interested in that type of book.

All that said, I was somewhat disappointed in this book written by an ex-IRS attorney. Certainly he's qualified to write the book and I did learn some useful information. But the book was rather general and not specific to the self-employed.

But he does offer some interesting advice.

You learn about business gifts and how to get the most bang for your buck. For example, "So how do you decide whether to treat gifts of tickets as entertainment or as business gifts? The answer is very simple. If the face value of the ticket is less than $50, you should treat it as a business gift and deduct 100 percent of the cost up to $25. This would result in a greater deduction than if you classified this as a gift of entertainment, which allows only a 50 percent deduction."

He continues, ". . . if the cost is $50 or greater, you would want to classify this as entertainment and deduct 50 percent of the ticket cost without limit."

"Use entertainment tickets as business gifts to avoid the $25 ceiling, he adds.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Denise O'Berry on February 10, 2011
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It always helps to have some "inside scoop" on the confusing maze of tax issues and tax breaks to ensure you get all the tax deductions you deserve in your small business. Lower Your Taxes - Big Time 2011-2012 4/E is a big, meaty book with helpful tips like how to deduct your fun, how to turn your vacation into a tax deductible write off, and fringe benefits available to small businesses like yours (plus tons more great tips!). Written by a former IRS attorney, this book is packed full of good tips you should know. For small business owners it offers some ideas for reducing your tax burden that you might not have thought about. This would be a good book for you and your accountant to use to start the discussion to make sure you are taking advantage of the tax savings available for your small business.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erikleads on June 25, 2011
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I read these books every year. I would recommend to anyone as a foundation to understand taxes. As a real estate investor and business owner I lowered my taxes by $15,000-$25,000 a year. Actually one piece of the advice from the book saved my Mom $20,000 in taxes in one year. I still recommend getting a great CPA, Enrolled Agent, or a prepaid legal plan that offers the credible advice.

The problem with America is lack of education in certain areas. So buy the book and stop over paying the IRS
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon T. on September 1, 2011
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I had an advantage in making my decision to purchase this book. I was already personally familiar with Sandy Botkin, his knowledge and credibility. I've also used his tax "reduction" strategies before...and still do. Just as I expected, I LOVE the book!! It has numerous and various methods for maximizing your tax deductions AND how to document those deductions properly. ANYONE interested in learning what deductions he/she may LEGALLY claim, as well as how to PROPERLY document them so as not to have to worry about the IRS, would be wise to buy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Struggle Self-Employed on July 17, 2012
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I am self-employed, providing IT consulting service to a utility company. I work from home and could find very little expense can be deducted from my revenue. As you can imagine, developing a software takes very little cost other than my time and effort. Without good tax knowledge, I was very nervous about being audited and afraid to deduct any expenses that are not directly related to my business. As a result, self-employment tax together with income tax could steal almost 30% of my total revenue (not taxable income)

This book is a big reliever for me. It gets me better understanding on what part of my daily life can be deducted if I also conduct a business at the same time. It gives me a lot of ideas how to spend my money and favor my tax cut. It also gives me better ideas how IRS operates and how likely I will be audited and pass the audit. By reading first couple chapters, I can save a lot of money on tax and feel a lot more relieved than before.

I like the suggestion in this book to be "aggressive in tax deduction". Thank you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Citizen John TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 28, 2011
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Botkin encourages readers to take advantage of deductions and shows how. The home office deduction is a prime example. He things we're nuts if we don't take it if our situation warrants it. Sometimes taxpayers are too conservative out of fear of getting audited.

I highly recommend this book. Too bad I missed it for last tax season, but I'll be better prepared next time.
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