J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax Professional Edition 2013

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America's number one tax guide for professionals

J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax, Professional Edition 2013 is an essential guide for tax professionals. Filled with easy-to-use tax planning tips and strategies, this comprehensive guide arms you with the information needed to maximize your clients' tax savings. Completely updated with all the latest tax law changes, this guide makes preparing 2012 tax returns ...

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Overview

America's number one tax guide for professionals

J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax, Professional Edition 2013 is an essential guide for tax professionals. Filled with easy-to-use tax planning tips and strategies, this comprehensive guide arms you with the information needed to maximize your clients' tax savings. Completely updated with all the latest tax law changes, this guide makes preparing 2012 tax returns easier than ever.

  • Provides professionals with the latest, most-up-to-date tax information
  • Completely annotated to steer professionals to the case law and revenue rulings behind each section in the book
  • Contains extended guidance for tax professionals, which leads to corresponding IRS code sections, regulations, and case law that supports the material covered

Filled with the classic tax guidance that only J.K. Lasser can provide, this Professional Edition is the book of choice for serious tax professionals, from CPAs to financial advisors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118405215
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/26/2012
  • Series: J.K. Lasser Series , #145
  • Edition description: Professional Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1024
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 2.40 (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 39,000,000 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, The New York Times, Newsweek and Reader's Digest.
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Table of Contents

What's New for 2012 xxv

Key Tax Numbers for 2012 xxviii

Looking Ahead to 2013 xxxi

PART 1 FILING BASICS 1

Do You Have to File a 2012 Tax Return? 3

Filing Tests for Dependents: 2012 Returns 4

Where to File 5

Filing Deadlines (on or before) 6

Choosing Which Tax Form to File 8

1 Filing Status 9

PART 2 REPORTING YOUR INCOME 31

2. Wages, Salary, and Other Compensation 33

3 Fringe Benefits 50

4 Dividend and Interest Income 72

5 Reporting Property Sales 97

6 Tax-Free Exchanges of Property 139

7 Retirement and Annuity Income 154

8 IRAs 188

9 Income From Real Estate Rentals and Royalties 228

10 Loss Restrictions: Passive Activities and At-Risk Limits 245

11 Other Income 273

PART 3 CLAIMING DEDUCTIONS 295

12 Deductions Allowed in Figuring Adjusted Gross Income 297

13 Claiming the Standard Deduction or Itemized Deductions 306

14 Charitable Contribution Deductions 313

15 Itemized Deduction for Interest Expenses 337

16 Deductions for Taxes 353

17 Medical and Dental Expense Deductions 360

18 Casualty and Theft Losses and Involuntary Conversions 378

19 Deducting Job Costs and Other Miscellaneous Expenses 402

20 Travel and Entertainment Expense Deductions 416

21 Personal Exemptions 442

PART 4 PERSONAL TAX COMPUTATIONS 455

22 Figuring Your Regular Income Tax Liability 457

23 Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) 461

24 Computing the "Kiddie Tax" on Your Child's Investment Income 469

25 Personal Tax Credits Reduce Your Tax Liability 475

26 Tax Withholdings 491

27 Estimated Tax Payments 498

PART 5 TAX PLANNING 505

28 Tax Planning Overview 507

29 Tax Savings for Residence Sales 511

30 Tax Rules for Investors in Securities 526

31 Tax Savings for Investors in Real Estate 544

32 Tax Rules for Investors in Mutual Funds 557

33 Educational Tax Benefits 565

34 Special Tax Rules for Senior Citizens 583

35 Members of the Armed Forces 592

36 How To Treat Foreign Earned Income 600

37 Planning Alimony and Marital Settlements 611

38 Household Employment Taxes (“Nanny Tax”) 618

39 Gift and Estate Tax Planning Basics 623

PART 6 BUSINESS TAX PLANNING 631

40 Income or Loss From Your Business or Profession 633

41 Retirement and Medical Plans for Self-Employed 660

42 Claiming Depreciation Deductions 670

43 Deducting Car and Truck Expenses 688

44 Sales of Business Property 702

45 Figuring Self-Employment Tax 708

PART 7 FILING YOUR RETURN AND WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU FILE 717

46 Filing Your Return 719

47 Filing Refund Claims, and Amended Returns 731

48 If the IRS Examines Your Return 735

PART 8 2012 TAX TABLE & EIC TABLE 747

2012 Tax Table 748

2012 Earned Income Credit Table (EIC) 766

PART 9 TAX LAW AUTHORITIES 785

Legislative Authorities

Internal Revenue Code 787

Congressional Committee Reports 787

Administrative Authorities

Treasury Regulations 787

Revenue Rulings 787

Other IRS Rulings and Releases 788

Judicial Authorities

Court Decisions 788

U.S. Tax Court 788

Federal District Court 789

U.S. Court of Federal Claims 789

Court of Appeals Decisions 789

Supreme Court Decisions 790

States Within Court of Appeals Regions 790

PART 10 CITATIONS OF AUTHORITY 791

Key to Citations 793

Filing Basics 794

Citations to tax content for Parts 1–7 795

PART 11 PRACTICE BEFORE THE IRS 919

How Returns Are Examined 921

Audit Rules for Partnerships 928

The Time Limits Within Which the IRS Must Act for Additional Taxes 928

Filing Refund Claims 934

How To Arrange Closing Agreements and Compromises 938

How To Get the IRS’s Opinion on a Tax Problem 939

Who May Practice Before the IRS 945

Tax Return Preparer Penalties 950

GLOSSARY 955

INDEX 961

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