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Outsmarting the System: Lower Your Taxes, Control Your Future, and Reach Financial Freedom Paperback – January 1, 2014
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About the Author
Anthony C. Campidonica (Tony) has been providing small business consulting since 1998 and tax services since 2001. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California and an Enrolled Agent (EA). He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA). Tony spent over eight years as an Internal Revenue Agent (tax auditor) with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This experience provided him with unique insight of tax laws and the opportunities provided to the rich.Tony has been praised by his clients and colleagues for his ability to simplify complex terms and strategies. Using his guidance, many of his clients are now taking advantage of the tax opportunities made available to the rich. Their reduced tax liabilities and enhanced business knowledge have put them on the path to financial freedom.
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At less than $20, I figured it wouldn't hurt to give the book a shot, and I'm glad I did. I won't repeat what the other reviews are saying. Instead, I'll try to clear some things up.
This book is not for a financial or tax expert. As the author states in the book, it is written as short and succinct as possible, and to talk to a professional for more details due to the complexities of the laws. Some reviewers on Amazon seem to think negatively of the high-level and short length, but that is exactly what appealed to me. I've read too many books that are lengthy and difficult to understand. This book is very clear and shows how an "average Joe" can become wealthy over time. I recommend it based on its high-level, practical approach to lowering taxes.
It felt more like I was having a light but informative conversation with a friend who know's their stuff about tax strategies and how they can help me prepare throughout the year.
I'm confident that this book gave me the insight, knowledge and vocabulary needed in a short and enjoyable amount of time, so that I didn't sound like an idiot when talking to my accountant or tax folks. If I could go back in time, I would have got this book sooner. Thanks Mr. Campidonica for not going over the top, to soon.
average Tax Payer will have better knowledge of how the the Tax System truly operates. This book is
a keeper to reference later whenever you might need it.
I'm so happy I read Outsmarting the System and I definitely recommend it.
If your looking for an overall understanding of how taxes work (tax returns, audits, stuff like that...), then this book is for you. But if your looking for a lot of detailed strategies that require a ton of money in the first place, read this book for the basics and then go buy one of those boring technical books.
What I found the most interesting about this book is the explanation in Chapter 8 of how the IRS ties the hands of its auditors. Unfortunately, Tony only gave one instance. Perhaps new tax professionals should also read this book and learn what experienced professionals have known and been taking advantage of for decades. Politicians who are interested in lowering the tax rates should likewise read Chapter 8. When politicians investigate the IRS, they are more interested in partisan politics, not making the agency more efficient.
A former IRS Commissioner once criticized the IRS as an agency that is only interested in writing a lot of traffic tickets. Perhaps Mr. Campidonica will write another book on the workings of the IRS. As a former Internal Revenue Agent, he has a lot more information to share.
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