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J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2012: For Preparing Your 2011 Tax Return 2nd Edition

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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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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: 8.4 x 1.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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In just thumbing through the book when I got it the other day, I discovered yet another hoop we self-employed folks have to jump through. I had not heard of it and was somewhat surprised by it. So, while the news wasn't good, I was glad to know it. I do not do my own income tax. My nerves couldn't take it. But, I know that no one cares as much about my financial life as I do and I need to know at least the basics of the current tax code so I can make sure I get every deduction to which I'm entitled, among other things.

I have faith in this reference and highly recommend it to you.

-- Susanna K. Hutcheson
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Every year I buy J.K lasser's book on taxes. Well written and indexed. Written so the non c.p.a. can understand some of the complicated law rules - he gives examples along the sides which help clarify. Friends call me and ask for my help when they have tax questions. I saved one friend thousands of dollars concerning the 1977 rule on stepped up basis on houses for widows. Well worth the small cost of this book. . . sms
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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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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. 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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