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Stand Up to the IRS Paperback – January 26, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1413309225 ISBN-10: 1413309224 Edition: 10th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 10 edition (January 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413309224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413309225
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For most honest citizens, there's probably nothing more intimidating than being called in for an audit with the IRS. In Stand Up to the IRS, tax attorney Fred Daily shows you what you need to know to prepare for and survive an audit. Daily explains how the IRS works and offers advice on everything from who should attend the audit with you to strategies on protecting your assets from the IRS. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A hands-on guide to battling the IRS and coaxing favorable decisions from agency personnel. (U.S. News & World Report 2009-01-01)

A hands-on guide to battling the IRS and coaxing favorable decisions from agency personnel." (U.S. News & World Report 2008-02-08)

One of the best books on personal finance. (Money Magazine 2008-03-07)

"[One of] the best tax books for 2005." (Entrepreneur.com 2008-02-08)

[One of] the best tax books for 2005. (Entrepreneur.com 2009-01-01)

If you've gotten into any kind of tax trouble, or just feel you might be skirting it, this book is the friend that will hold your hand, offer reassuring words of wisdom, and guide you through your ordeal. (Home Office Computing 2009-01-01)

One of the best books on personal finance. (Money Magazine 2009-01-01)

An excellent resource for those attempting to deal with their tax problems themselves.... contains a wealth of practical, useful information. (Jack Robinshaw National Association of Enrolled Agents 2009-01-01)

Tax attorney Frederick W. Daily surveys a panorama of defensive moves to keep the tax wolf from the door. (Publishers Weekly 2009-01-01)

An excellent resource for individuals attempting to deal with the IRS on their own... (The Tax Adviser 2009-01-01)

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If your problems are very complex you may need more info but the book will direct on that also.
Mark S.
So I bought this book for her, read it, explained things to her and she can now breathe and relax knowing her rights and understanding how the IRS works.
Marika Ray
The book is quite accurate, surprisingly comprehensive and packed with information that only a time-tested professional would know.
Douglas A. Greenberg

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
"Stand Up To The IRS" (SUIRS) is an absolute, no-question, don't even think twice, must-have for any taxpayer's household financal tool drawer. Clearly written and presented in short, bite-sized chunks by a successful longtime tax attorney who has been through it all many times, SUIRS is an impressively inclusive text that can go a long way toward leveling the audit playing field for taxpayers -- if not outright tipping it in their favor. Loaded with sample forms, letters and where-to-find-it tables, this book earns its cover price in the Index alone. If the location of the answer to your question isn't in there, you're probably not asking it correctly. And if you ever do get audited, Chapter 16 ("The 25 Most Frequently Asked Questions") will probably do more to calm your nerves and help you rest than any sleeping pill will. Mom and dad never taught you this stuff when you were growing up, because they didn't know it. So be a good son or daughter and give them their own copy. Besides, it just might come in handy some day, as described in chapter 9 ("Family, Friends, Heirs and the IRS").
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
I didn't intend to stand up to the IRS but had to due to circumstances beyond my control. Daily's book gives a comprehensive look at what constrains the IRS and what sort of leeway a taxpayer might have. What I found to be of the most value, though, was his simple explaination of complex circumstances. Daily breaks down various tax problems and solutions and suggests ways to prevent having the IRS resort to putting a lien on your home, etc.

I'd highly recommend Daily's book as it has the insider perspective that a taxpayer needs but the dose of reality to prevent a false sense of security when negotiating with the IRS. Daily provides perspective as to what will work in your favor and what you can do to prevent being taken advantage of by the IRS.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. Greenberg on April 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm a tax attorney with a tax practice in San Francisco. My practice focuses on tax audits, appeals, Tax Court litigations, etc. Thus, the type of work discussed in this book is the type of work that I do every day. As you can imagine, I have read quite a few tax books. And out of all, this is my hand down favorite, of all time.

Fred Daily's book is absolutely excellent. Not only is it chock-full of helpful information, it is just a great read. Packed with practical advice and supremely well edited. I have probably read it half a dozen times over (sometimes just for fun!). The advice given is excellent (I should know). The book is quite accurate, surprisingly comprehensive and packed with information that only a time-tested professional would know. In addition, the editing is superb. Concepts are reduced to rock bottom comprehensibility, making life easier for anyone with the good fortune to have picked it up.

As an attorney, I also assist various low income tax clinics in the area. I have suggested that we make this our training book for incoming volunteers. I can't imagine a better resource for someone looking to gain a quick grasp of the tax system (we certainly couldn't prepare one ourselves). If you are dealing with a tax issue or are merely curious about how the tax system works, you cannot do better than this book. Like I said, my hands down favorite. And that's coming from a real tax attorney.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William M. Burbank on December 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
My tax law practice if focused in the area of Estate Tax Planning and Asset Protection. I have very limited experience in representing any clients before the IRS. But while reading Stand Up to the IRS I began to think that it seemed like a pretty fun thing to do--yes I am a tax nerd. Seriously though, anyone who maybe faced with a tax controversy should read this book, even if you are going to hire an attorney. Not only will you save money on attorneys fees, but you will have a much better understanding of the process and will be able to discuss the issues intelligently with your lawyer--if he is a good lawyer he will appreciate that, if he does not get a new lawyer, or maybe just go back to Mr. Daily's book and do it yourself.

Marty Burbank, Esq.
Estate Tax Planning & Asset Protection
marty@martyburbanklaw.com
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Vandever on February 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book for the few chapters that were focussed on my specific tax situation; however, after reading the first couple of chapters just to see what was in them, I found myself continuing through the book almost forgetting why I bought it in the first place... and that is saying a lot given my present tax issues. Mr. Daily writes clearly and concisely on a wide range of tax topics, but what I found so valuable in this book is the door that he opens into the IRS. He not only provides web links, phone numbers, and other contact information, but he describes how the IRS will, or will not, handle a given situation. He lets the reader know when a form is needed and what form that is and when a letter, phone call or face-to-face meeting is best. Mr. Daily also provides advice on how to prepare for whatever tax-related issue the reader might face and what can be expected from the encounter with the IRS. I hate that a book like this is necessary, but very, very glad Mr. Daily wrote it and can't think of many who shouldn't read it.
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