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How to Pay Zero Taxes 2003

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Make 2001 the year you pay zero taxes!
Fully updated to include all the latest tax law changes, How to Pay Zero Taxes outlines the easiest, most practical strategies you can use to lower your taxes this year, next year, and beyond. Hundreds of thousands of savvy taxpayers from all walks of life-business owners, professionals, retirees, homeowners, and parents-have relied on this trusted guide to find every legal tax break. Now you, too, can take advantage of all the deductions ...
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Overview

Make 2001 the year you pay zero taxes!
Fully updated to include all the latest tax law changes, How to Pay Zero Taxes outlines the easiest, most practical strategies you can use to lower your taxes this year, next year, and beyond. Hundreds of thousands of savvy taxpayers from all walks of life-business owners, professionals, retirees, homeowners, and parents-have relied on this trusted guide to find every legal tax break. Now you, too, can take advantage of all the deductions and exemptions the IRS doesn't publicize-but allows! How to Pay Zero Taxes guides you through the ins and outs of every IRS-sanctioned tax-saving strategy available for preserving income. From converting personal expenses into business expenses to obtaining tax credits for dependent care to setting up tax-slashing trusts to avoiding or surviving an IRS audit, Jeff Schnepper's guide comprehensively covers more deductions than any other tax book, all conveniently organized in six fast-access categories: exclusions, credits, "above-the-line" deductions, "below-the-line" deductions, traditional, and super-tax shelters.

IN THE 2001 EDITION YOU WILL FIND COVERAGE OF:
· Child and education credits
· Health insurance deductions
· Educational expenses
· Retirement plans
· Mortgages and points
· Job-hunting expenses
· Investing expenses
· Tax straddles
· Home equity loans
· Travel and entertainment expenses
· Real estate trusts
· Equipment leasing
· Theft and casualty losses
· Educational IRAs
· ROTH IRAs
· Trade and business expenses
· Moving expenses
· Business use of your home
· Divorce and separation costs
· Capital gains rules
· Family partnerships
· Tax-free bonds
· Gifts and bequests
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071407366
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.78 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 2.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xv
Chapter 1 Is It Legal? 1
Chapter 2 How Our Tax System Works 11
Chapter 3 Exclusions--Tax-Free Money 17
A Alternatives to "Earned Income" 19
1. Hospitalization Premiums 19
2. Group Life Insurance Premiums 20
3. Group Legal Services Plans 23
4. Accident and Health Plans 23
5. Employee Death Benefits 24
6. Merchandise Distributed to Employees on Holidays 24
7. "Expenses of Your Employer" 25
8. Meals and Lodgings 25
9. Employee Discounts 27
10. Workers' Compensation 27
11. "Cafeteria" Plans 28
12. Dependent Care Assistance Program 28
13. Employer Educational Assistance 30
14. Employee Awards 30
15. Clergy Housing Allowance 33
16. Miscellaneous Fringe Benefits 33
B Donative Items 34
17. Gifts, Bequests, and Inheritances 34
18. Scholarships and Fellowships 35
19. Prizes and Awards 38
C Investors 39
20. Interest on State and Municipal Obligations 39
D Benefits for the Elderly 40
21. Public Assistance Payments 40
22. Social Security and Other Retirement Benefits 40
23. Annuities 43
24. Sale of Your Home 46
25. Buying Your Own Home--Twice!--The Schnepper Bootstrap 49
E Miscellaneous Individual Exclusions 50
26. Carpool Receipts 50
27. Damages 50
28. Divorce and Separation Arrangements 53
29. Life Insurance 56
30. Qualified State Tuition ([section]529) Programs 58
F Schedule of Excludable Items 68
Chapter 4 Credits--Dollar-for-Dollar Tax Reductions 71
A Estimated Tax and Withholding Exemptions 72
B Credits 76
31. The Earned Income Credit 76
32. Excess Social Security Tax 79
33. The Child and Dependent Care Credit 79
34. Child Care Credits for Children of Divorced or Separated Parents 81
35. Credit for the Elderly or Permanently and Totally Disabled 86
36. Credit for Interest Paid on Mortgage Credit Certificates 88
C Special Credits 89
37. Work Opportunity Credit (Formerly Targeted Jobs Tax Credit) 89
38. Welfare to Work Credit 90
39. Research Tax Credit 90
40. Orphan Drug Tax Credit 91
41. Adoption Assistance 91
42. Hope Scholarship Credit 93
43. Lifetime Learning Credit 93
44. Child Tax Credit 93
45. District of Columbia--First Time Homebuyer 94
46. Disability Credits 95
47. Health Insurance Credit 95
48. Saver's Credit 96
49. Small Employer Credit 97
Chapter 5 "Above the Line" Deductions 99
A Deductions for Adjusted Gross Income 103
50. Trade and Business Deductions 103
51. Employee Business Expenses of Actors and Other Performing Artists 104
52. Employee Business Expenses 104
53. Alimony 105
54. Interest on Qualified Education Loans 113
55. Retirement Plan Payments 114
60. Self-Employment Tax 157
61. Health Insurance Deduction for Self-Employeds 157
62. Moving Expenses 158
63. Clean Fuel Vehicles 166
64. Deduction for Qualified Higher Education Expenses 166
Chapter 6 "Below the Line" Deductions 167
A The Importance of Filing Status 168
B Tax Planning with Itemized Deductions 173
65. Medical Expenses 173
66. Income Taxes 190
67. Real Property Taxes 191
68. Personal Property Taxes 193
69. Interest 193
70. Charitable Contributions 217
71. Casualty Losses 239
72. Theft Losses 244
73. Miscellaneous Trade and Business Deductions of Employees 252
74. Travel Expenses 252
75. Transportation Expenses 258
76. Meals and Entertainment Expenses 262
77. Gifts 263
78. Reimbursable Employee Business Expenses 265
79. Educational Expenses 266
80. Limit on Itemized Deductions 266
C Schedules of Deductions 267
81. Medical Deductions 267
82. Deductible Taxes 268
83. Charitable Deductions 269
84. Casualty and Theft Loss Deductions 270
85. Miscellaneous Deductions 271
86. Employee Miscellaneous Deductions 271
87. Investor Deductions 272
Chapter 7 Traditional Tax Shelters 275
A Deferral and Leverage 292
88. Real Estate 292
89. Fees in Public Real Estate Partnerships 305
90. Oil and Gas 305
91. Equipment Leasing 315
92. Single-Premium Life Insurance 319
93. Cattle Feeding Programs 323
94. Cattle Breeding Programs 325
95. Tax Straddles 327
96. Art Reproduction 329
97. Noncash Gift Shelters 330
98. Municipal Bond Swaps 331
B How to Analyze a Tax Shelter 332
99. Getting Out of the Tax Shelter 334
100. Master Limited Partnerships 335
Chapter 8 Super Tax Shelters 339
A Family Shifts 340
101. Unearned Income of Minor Children 343
102. Outright Gifts 347
103. Clifford Trusts 351
104. Interest-Free Loans 352
105. The Schnepper Shelter: Gift Leasebacks 352
106. The Schnepper Deep Shelter 358
107. Family Partnerships 359
108. Family Trusts 359
109. Employing Members of the Family 360
110. Author's Delight 362
B Running Your Own Business 363
111. Your Home 366
112. Your Car 378
113. Meals and Entertainment 381
114. Travel and Vacation 385
115. Gifts 391
116. Advertising 392
117. Deductible Clothes 392
118. Creative Deductions--Busting the IRS 392
119. Medical Premiums 393
120. Borrowing from Your Company 393
121. Lending to Your Company 396
122. Miscellaneous Corporate Advantages 397
Chapter 9 Investment Planning to Save Taxes 401
123. Short Sales 406
124. Broad-Based Index Options and Regulated Futures Contracts (RFCs) 407
125. Wash Sales 407
126. Premiums on Taxable and Tax-Exempt Bonds 408
127. Original Issue Discount (OID)--Taxable Bonds 408
128. Original Issue Discount (OID)--Tax-Exempt Bonds 408
129. Market Discount 409
130. Municipal Bond Swaps 409
131. Employee Options--Non-Qualified 410
132. Incentive Stock Options 411
133. Year-End Stock Sales 416
134. Fund Strategies 416
135. Tax-Exempt Income 417
136. Special Report 419
137. Old Prices 420
138. Alternative Minimum Tax for Individuals 420
139. U.S. Savings Bond Exclusion 432
Chapter 10 Last-Minute Tax Planning 437
140. Defer Taxes 438
141. Accelerate Expenses 440
142. Accelerate Special Deductions 441
143. Dependents and Personal Exemptions 441
144. Phaseout of Exemptions 445
145. Timing Strategies 445
146. Retirement Plans 446
147. Individual Retirement Plans (IRAs) 446
148. H.R. 10 or Keogh Plans 447
149. Marital Status 448
150. The Goldinger Deferral 449
Chapter 11 The Attorneys' and Accountants' Relief Act of 1993 451
151. Training and Investment Provisions 453
152. Investment Incentives 454
153. Expansion and Simplification of Earned Income Tax Credit 455
154. Real Estate Provisions 455
155. Miscellaneous Provisions 457
156. Revenue-Raising Provisions 458
157. Business Provisions 464
Chapter 12 Stealth Tax Reform 467
158. The New Taxpayer Bill of Rights 468
159. Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, HR 3734 472
160. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, HR 3103 473
161. The Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996, HR 3448 477
162. Tax Relief for Bosnian Effort 489
Chapter 13 Tax Reform--Again! 491
163. The Mind-Numbing Complexity of the Tax Reconciliation Act of 1997, Also Known as the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 492
Chapter 14 The Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 503
164. IRS Reorganization 504
165. IRS Governance and Oversight Changes 504
166. Extension of Attorney-Client Privilege to Tax Advice 506
167. Burden of Proof Shifted to IRS in Certain Civil Tax Cases 507
168. Taxpayer Rights 507
169. Roth IRA Conversion/Loophole 509
170. Capital Gains 509
171. Venture Capital 510
172. Home Sales Clarification 510
173. Conclusion 511
Chapter 15 The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 513
174. Marginal Rate Reductions 514
175. Tax Benefits Relating to Children 519
176. Marriage Penalty Relief Provisions 520
177. Education Incentives 523
178. Pension and Individual Retirement Arrangement Provisions 527
179. AMT Relief 535
180. Health Insurance for Self-Employed 535
181. Income Tax Treatment for Certain Restitution Payments to Holocaust Victims 535
182. Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Provisions 536
183. Sunset 541
Chapter 16 The Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 545
184. Bonus Depreciation 546
185. Net Operating Losses 546
186. Classroom Materials 546
187. Electric Vehicle Credit 546
188. Work Opportunity Tax Credit 547
189. Welfare to Work Tax Credit 547
190. Archer Medical Savings Allowance 547
191. Liberty Zone Benefits 547
Chapter 17 How to Avoid/Survive an IRS Audit 549
Appendix A Cost Recovery/Depreciation 649
Appendix B Law Prior to the Tax Reform Act of 1986 663
Appendix C Law After March 14, 1984 (Real Estate) 667
Appendix D Business Use of "Listed Property" 679
Appendix E Auto Leases 687
Index 737
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