How to Pay Zero Taxes 2004

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Overview

Includes all the latest updates and changes to the 2003 tax code

"If there's a tax break allowed out there, it's in here." —New York Daily News

Publishers Weekly called it "a can't-miss title." The New York Daily News praised it for "pushing the envelope" and taking "a consumerist approach that's helpful during all the other months before next April." Best of all, more than half a million people have consulted How to Pay Zero Taxes for solid guidance on paying less to the IRS.

This fully updated 21st edition contains:

  • The latest tax changes
  • More tax-saving tips than any other guide
  • Easy, practical strategies to lower taxes this year, next year, and beyond
  • Hundreds of legal ways to preserve pretax income and profit
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071427296
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition description: 21ST
  • Edition number: 21
  • Pages: 770
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 2.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xvii
Chapter 1 Is It Legal? 1
Chapter 2 How Our Tax System Works 9
Chapter 3 Exclusions--Tax-Free Money 15
A Alternatives to "Earned Income" 17
1. Hospitalization Premiums 17
2. Group Life Insurance Premiums 18
3. Group Legal Services Plans 21
4. Accident and Health Plans 21
5. Employee Death Benefits 22
6. Merchandise Distributed to Employees on Holidays 22
7. "Expenses of Your Employer" 23
8. Meals and Lodgings 23
9. Employee Discounts 25
10. Workers' Compensation 25
11. "Cafeteria" Plans 26
12. Dependent Care Assistance Program 26
13. Employer Educational Assistance 28
14. Employee Awards 28
15. Clergy Housing Allowance 31
16. Miscellaneous Fringe Benefits 31
B Donative Items 32
17. Gifts, Bequests, and Inheritances 32
18. Scholarships and Fellowships 33
19. Prizes and Awards 36
C Investors 37
20. Interest on State and Municipal Obligations 37
D Benefits for the Elderly 38
21. Public Assistance Payments 38
22. Social Security and Other Retirement Benefits 38
23. Annuities 41
24. Sale of Your Home 44
E Miscellaneous Individual Exclusions 45
25. Carpool Receipts 45
26. Damages 46
27. Divorce and Separation Arrangements 48
28. Life Insurance 52
29. Qualified State Tuition ([section]529) Programs 54
30. Your Home--The Mother of All Tax Shelters! 64
F Schedule of Excludable Items 66
Chapter 4 Credits--Dollar-for-Dollar Tax Reductions 69
A Estimated Tax and Withholding Exemptions 70
B Credits 73
31. The Earned Income Credit 73
32. Excess Social Security Tax 76
33. The Child and Dependent Care Credit 77
34. Child Care Credits for Children of Divorced or Separated Parents 78
35. Credit for the Elderly or Permanently and Totally Disabled 84
36. Credit for Interest Paid on Mortgage Credit Certificates 86
C Special Credits 87
37. Work Opportunity Credit (Formerly Targeted Jobs Tax Credit) 87
38. Welfare to Work Credit 88
39. Research Tax Credit 88
40. Orphan Drug Tax Credit 88
41. Adoption Assistance 89
42. Hope Scholarship Credit 91
43. Lifetime Learning Credit 91
44. Child Tax Credit 91
45. District of Columbia--First Time Homebuyer 92
46. Disability Credits 93
47. Health Insurance Credit 93
48. Saver's Credit 94
49. Small Employer Credit 95
Chapter 5 "Above the Line" Deductions 97
A Deductions for Adjusted Gross Income 101
50. Trade and Business Deductions 101
51. Employee Business Expenses of Actors and Other Performing Artists 102
52. Employee Business Expenses 102
53. Alimony 103
54. Interest on Qualified Education Loans 111
55. Retirement Plan Payments 112
56. Self-Employment Tax 154
57. Health Insurance Deduction for Self-Employeds 155
58. Moving Expenses 155
59. Clean Fuel Vehicles 163
60. Deduction for Qualified Higher Education Expenses 163
Chapter 6 "Below the Line" Deductions 165
A The Importance of Filing Status 166
B Tax Planning with Itemized Deductions 171
61. Medical Expenses 171
62. Income Taxes 188
63. Real Property Taxes 189
64. Personal Property Taxes 191
65. Interest 191
66. Charitable Contributions 211
67. Casualty Losses 233
68. Theft Losses 237
69. Miscellaneous Trade and Business Deductions of Employees 245
70. Travel Expenses 246
71. Transportation Expenses 251
72. Meals and Entertainment Expenses 255
73. Gifts 256
74. Reimbursable Employee Business Expenses 258
75. Educational Expenses 258
76. Limit on Itemized Deductions 259
C Schedules of Deductions 260
77. Medical Deductions 260
78. Deductible Taxes 261
79. Charitable Deductions 262
80. Casualty and Theft Loss Deductions 263
81. Miscellaneous Deductions 263
82. Employee Miscellaneous Deductions 264
83. Investor Deductions 265
Chapter 7 Traditional Tax Shelters 267
A Deferral and Leverage 284
84. Real Estate 284
85. Fees in Public Real Estate Partnerships 297
86. Oil and Gas 297
87. Equipment Leasing 307
88. Single-Premium Life Insurance 311
89. Cattle Feeding Programs 315
90. Cattle Breeding Programs 317
91. Tax Straddles 319
92. Art Reproduction 321
93. Noncash Gift Shelters 322
94. Municipal Bond Swaps 323
B How to Analyze a Tax Shelter 324
95. Getting Out of the Tax Shelter 326
96. Master Limited Partnerships 327
97. Abusive Shelters 330
Chapter 8 Super Tax Shelters 331
A Family Shifts 332
98. Unearned Income of Minor Children 335
99. Outright Gifts 339
100. Clifford Trusts 343
101. Interest-Free Loans 344
102. The Schnepper Shelter: Gift Leasebacks 344
103. The Schnepper Deep Shelter 350
104. Family Partnerships 350
105. Family Trusts 351
106. The Schnepper Malagoli Super Shelter 352
107. Employing Members of the Family 354
108. Author's Delight 357
B Running Your Own Business 357
109. Your Home 361
110. Your Car 373
111. Meals and Entertainment 375
112. Travel and Vacation 379
113. Gifts 385
114. Advertising 386
115. Deductible Clothes 386
116. Creative Deductions--Busting the IRS 386
117. Medical Premiums 387
118. Borrowing from Your Company 387
119. Lending to Your Company 390
120. Miscellaneous Corporate Advantages 391
Chapter 9 Investment Planning to Save Taxes 395
121. Short Sales 400
122. Broad-Based Index Options and Regulated Futures Contracts (RFCs) 401
123. Wash Sales 402
124. Premiums on Taxable and Tax-Exempt Bonds 402
125. Original Issue Discount (OID)--Taxable Bonds 403
126. Original Issue Discount (OID)--Tax-Exempt Bonds 403
127. Market Discount 403
128. Municipal Bond Swaps 404
129. Employee Options--Non-Qualified 405
130. Incentive Stock Options 406
131. Year-End Stock Sales 410
132. Fund Strategies 410
133. Dividends 411
134. Tax-Exempt Income 413
135. Special Report 415
136. Old Prices 416
137. Alternative Minimum Tax for Individuals 416
138. U.S. Savings Bond Exclusion 428
Chapter 10 Last-Minute Tax Planning 431
139. Defer Taxes 432
140. Accelerate Expenses 434
141. Accelerate Special Deductions 435
142. Dependents and Personal Exemptions 435
143. Phaseout of Exemptions 439
144. Timing Strategies 439
145. Retirement Plans 440
146. Individual Retirement Plans (IRAs) 440
147. H.R. 10 or Keogh Plans 441
148. Marital Status 442
149. The Goldinger Deferral 443
Chapter 11 The Attorneys' and Accountants' Relief Act of 1993 445
150. Training and Investment Provisions 447
151. Investment Incentives 448
152. Expansion and Simplification of Earned Income Tax Credit 449
153. Real Estate Provisions 449
154. Miscellaneous Provisions 451
155. Revenue-Raising Provisions 452
156. Business Provisions 458
Chapter 12 Stealth Tax Reform 461
157. The New Taxpayer Bill of Rights 462
158. Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, HR 3734 466
159. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, HR 3103 467
160. The Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996, HR 3448 471
161. Tax Relief for Bosnian Effort 483
Chapter 13 Tax Reform--Again! 485
162. The Mind-Numbing Complexity of the Tax Reconciliation Act of 1997, Also Known as the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 486
Chapter 14 The Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 497
163. IRS Reorganization 498
164. IRS Governance and Oversight Changes 498
165. Extension of Attorney-Client Privilege to Tax Advice 500
166. Burden of Proof Shifted to IRS in Certain Civil Tax Cases 501
167. Taxpayer Rights 501
168. Roth IRA Conversion/Loophole 503
169. Capital Gains 503
170. Venture Capital 504
171. Home Sales Clarification 504
172. Conclusion 505
Chapter 15 The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 507
173. Marginal Rate Reductions 508
174. Tax Benefits Relating to Children 513
175. Marriage Penalty Relief Provisions 514
176. Education Incentives 517
177. Pension and Individual Retirement Arrangement Provisions 521
178. AMT Relief 529
179. Health Insurance for Self-Employed 529
180. Income Tax Treatment for Certain Restitution Payments to Holocaust Victims 529
181. Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Provisions 530
182. Sunset 535
Chapter 16 The Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 539
183. Bonus Depreciation 540
184. Net Operating Losses 540
185. Classroom Materials 540
186. Electric Vehicle Credit 540
187. Work Opportunity Tax Credit 541
188. Welfare to Work Tax Credit 541
189. Archer Medical Savings Account 541
190. Liberty Zone Benefits 541
Chapter 17 The Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 543
A Rate Reductions 544
B The Marriage Penalty 545
C The Alternative Minimum Tax 545
D Child Tax Credit 546
E Dividends/Capital Gains 546
F Deduct Your SUV--Election to Expense 549
Chapter 18 How to Avoid/Survive an IRS Audit 553
Appendix A Cost Recovery/Depreciation 657
Appendix B Law Prior to the Tax Reform Act of 1986 671
Appendix C Law After March 14, 1984 (Real Estate) 675
Appendix D Business Use of "Listed Property" 687
Appendix E Auto Leases 695
Index 745
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