J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2006: For Preparing Your 2005 Tax Return

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Overview

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:
Withholding Allowance – Chap. 26
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. 33

Planning 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. 46–48) including:
Electronic filing – Chap. 46
Filing extensions – Chap. 46
IRS Audits – Chap. 48
Amended returns – Chap. 47

The Most Trusted Name in Tax

For over 60 years, more than 38 million Americans have trusted J.K. Lasser to help them save money at tax time

Now with

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  • GUIDANCE FOR ALL YOUR TAX NEEDS
  • COVERS ALL 2005 TAX LAW CHANGES

Easy-to-Use Format Explains Complex Tax Laws

FILING TIPS and FILING INSTRUCTIONS help you prepare your 2005 return

PLANNING REMINDERS highlight year-end tax strategies for 2005 and planning opportunities for 2006 and later years

CAUTIONS point out potential pitfalls to avoid and areas where you might expect IRS opposition

LAW ALERTS indicate recent changes in the tax law and pending legislation before Congress

COURT DECISIONS highlight key rulings from the Tax Court and other federal courts

IRS ALERTS highlight key rulings and announcements from the IRS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471735946
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/25/2005
  • Series: J.K. Lasser Series , #57
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 896
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 10.76 (h) x 1.85 (d)

Meet the Author

J.K. Lasser Institute has been the premier publisher of consumer tax guides since 1939, when Jacob Kay Lasser first published Your Income Tax. Since then, the guide has been published continuously for over sixty years and read by over 38,000,000 people. The J.K. Lasser Institute also publishes several personal finance books, including Small Business Taxes, Home Owner’s Tax Breaks, 1001 Deductions and Tax Breaks, Year-Round Tax Planning, and more. J.K. Lasser Institute spokespeople are regularly sought after as media tax experts. They regularly appear on such broadcast programs as CNBC, CNN, and Bloomberg TV. They are also often featured in numerous periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Self Magazine, Houston Chronicle, and The Chicago Tribune.
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Table of Contents

Form 1040 with references to Your Income Tax 2005.

What’s New for 2005.

Other Tax News for 2005.

Key Tax Numbers for 2005.

Looking Ahead to Tax Changes for Years After 2005.

PART 1: FILING BASICS.

Chapter 1. Filing Status.

PART 2: REPORTING YOUR INCOME.

Chapter 2. Taxable Wages, Salary, and Other Compensation.

Chapter 3. Fringe Benefits.

Chapter 4. Dividend and Interest Income.

Chapter 5. Reporting Property Sales.

Chapter 6. Tax-Free Exchanges of Property.

Chapter 7. Retirement and Annuity Income.

Chapter 8. IRAs.

Chapter 9. Income From Rent and Royalties.

Chapter 10. Loss Restrictions: Passive Activities and At-Risk Limits.

Chapter 11. Other Income.

PART 3: CLAIMING DEDUCTIONS.

Chapter 12. Deductions Allowed in Figuring Adjusted Gross.

Chapter 13. Claiming the Standard Deduction or Itemized De3dicutions.

Chapter 14. Charitable Contribution Deductions.

Chapter 15. Itemized Deduction for Interest Expenses.

Chapter 16. Deductions for Taxes.

Chapter 17. Medical and Dental Expense Deductions.

Chapter 18. Casualty and theft Losses and Involuntary Conversions.

chapter 19. Deducting Job Costs and Other Miscellaneous Expenses.

Chapter 20. Travel and Entertainment Expense Deductions.

Chapter 21. Personal Exemptions.

PART 4: PERSONAL TAX COMPUTATIONS.

Chapter 22. Figuring your regular Income Tax Liability.

Chapter 23. Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).

Chapter 24. Computing the "Kiddie Tax" for Children Under Age 14.

Chapter 25. Personal Tax Credits Reduce Your Tax Liability.

Chapter 26. Tax Withholdings.

Chapter 27. Estimated Tax Payments.

Chapter 28. Tax Planning Overview.

Chapter 29. Tax Savings for Residence Sales.

Chapter 30. Tax Savings for Investors in Securities.

Chapter 31. Tax Savings for Investors in Real Estate.

Chapter 32. Tax Pointers for Investors in Mutual Funds.

Chapter 33. Educational Tax Benefits.

Chapter 34. Special Tax Rules for Senior Citizens.

Chapter 35. Members of the Armed Forces.

Chapter 36. How to Treat Foreign Earned Income.

Chapter 37. Planning Alimony and Marital Settlements.

Chapter 38. Household Employment Taxes ("Nanny Tax").

Chapter 39. Gift and Estate Tax Planning.

PART 6: BUSINESS TAX PLANNING.

Chapter 40. Income or Loss from Your Business or Profession.

Chapter 41. Retirement Plans for Self-Employed.

Chapter 42. Claiming Depreciation Deductions.

Chapter 43. Deducting Car and Truck Expenses.

Chapter 44. Sales of Business Property.

Chapter 45. Figuring Self-Employment Tax.

PART 7: FILING YOUR RETURN AND WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU FILE.

Chapter 46. Filing Your Return.

Chapter 47. Filing Refund Claims, and Amended Returns.

Chapter 48. If the IRS Examines Your Return.

PART 8: SAMPLE 2005 TAX FORMS, 2005 TAX TABLE, AND EAR5NED INCOME CREDIT TABLE.

Glossary.

Index.

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