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Taxes Made Simple: Income Taxes Explained in 100 Pages or Less Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 226 KB
  • Print Length: 119 pages
  • Publisher: Simple Subjects, LLC; 1 edition (September 16, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 16, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KKXV2K
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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 Colorado 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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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By loctan on December 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was ideal for someone with little to no background in taxes. I thought the material was easy to follow and understand. This book won't make you a tax professional as it is not terribly in-depth but the book never pretended to be (thus Taxes Made Simple name).

I would recommend this book to anyone trying to understand short term versus long term capital gains, tax deductions, etc.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Rod Walsh on July 25, 2009
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I teach Tax Accounting at a community college and find the material in our textbook very challenging for the students. I recently came across Mike Piper's series of small books, including "Taxes Made Simple." It's absolutely fantastic - short, easy to read, covers the main areas of concern and it's timely. It's so good, I'm buying a copy for each student and it will be their first reading assignment this coming Fall semester. It really makes taxes approachable and that's just what we need at the community college level. Great job, Mr. Piper.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jeff P. Martin on November 12, 2008
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I've been using TurboTax to file my taxes for years. I input my numbers, answers the questions, and blindly submit my taxes, not really understanding what I was doing.

The "Taxes Made Simple" book has help me understand the basics of income taxes quickly and easily. I found the sections on common deductions and IRAs very helpful. It's perfect for someone who would like to know more about taxes are and how to better prepare for the years ahead.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Peer on October 31, 2008
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This book is a great read for anyone interested in how taxes actually work. Just enough detail for it all to make sense, but not overwhelming at all. Highly recommended!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Torres on October 31, 2008
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I found this book to be great. It is very easy to read and is a perfect introduction for learning how to do your own taxes. Mike Piper does an excellent job of demystifying complex tax sections and he presents them in an enjoyable and easy to understand way. Highly recommended!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Raskolnikov on March 7, 2012
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I was looking for a simple introduction to taxation to read before beginning a recent tax accounting course and this book totally fit the bill! Not only was I introduced to the most basic concepts of US personal income taxation, but by the end of reading it, I felt confident that I could tackle more advanced concepts.

The tax code may constantly change, but the fundamentals that make up the tax code stay the same. The author has masterly acquainted the reader with these critical components: income, exemptions, above and below the line deductions to AGI, and credits--he even walks through the 1040 and its various supporting schedules. Not only that, Piper demystifies the Alternative Minimum Tax so deftly that even the novice will understand it (but may still not like it!).

Although I already had a background in financial accounting, I'm certain that the absolute beginner could pick up this book, read it, and begin to work on their own return almost immediately. And even if someone isn't planning to do their own returns in the future, taxation is such an important part of life that a little familiarity with the topic couldn't hurt. Bravo to Mike Piper for making this topic so accessible to everyone!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David M. on November 20, 2012
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The material as written is easy to understand and well explained. I've gotten some good information out of the book and feel that I can use it. However, in this instance, the Kindle edition is inferior. Case in Point: Each chapter has a summary, and I have been unable to read the complete summary in 5 out of about 12 chapters that I've read so far. The last sentence (or sentences) have been cut short. For example, on Chapter 12, the third bullet point reads "each year, you're allowed an itemized" - that's it, all I get. So this takes away from the book in my opinion because I'm not getting everything the author wrote. This is sub-standard for Amazon. Could be the library edition that I'm using as a Prime member, but this is not the kind of excellence that I expect from Amazon for my Kindle. As I said, the book material is good, what I get of it - 4 stars for that. But the overall experience is only a 2 star.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jupiter Jones on September 5, 2013
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Piper's "...Made Simple" books are pretty much a sure bet. They're inexpensive, quick to read, and consistently give a solid, well-explained overview of the given financial topic. I've loaned out his "Investing Made Simple" several times.

Of course, you can only fit so much in 100 pages, and "Taxes Made Simple" is not a particularly deep dive in the Byzantine world of US taxes. Anyone looking for guidance on unusual/rare/thorny situations should look elsewhere. But if you want a broad overview of basic tax concepts that apply to most people, to help you tackle filing your own return and/or to do your own tax planning, then this will do the trick.
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