Taxes 2005 for Dummies

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Taxes For Dummies 2005 cuts that down to size and helps you discover how the tax system works and how to legally make it work for you. Legally is a key word. Written by Eric Tyson, MBA, financial counselor, syndicated columnist, and bestselling author, and David J. Silverman, EA, tax advisor, it shows you how, through careful planning, you can minimize your taxes and still sleep at night. Organized and indexed so you can find what you need and ignore the rest, there is practical...
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Overview

Taxes For Dummies 2005 cuts that down to size and helps you discover how the tax system works and how to legally make it work for you. Legally is a key word. Written by Eric Tyson, MBA, financial counselor, syndicated columnist, and bestselling author, and David J. Silverman, EA, tax advisor, it shows you how, through careful planning, you can minimize your taxes and still sleep at night. Organized and indexed so you can find what you need and ignore the rest, there is practical information about:
  • Recent changes even experienced filers need to know about
  • Tax return preparation—using resources, software, digital filing, and/or getting professional help
  • Graduating from the shoebox system to organized recordkeeping
  • The basics—filing status, exemptions, when to file, and more
  • The most common forms and schedules, including 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040, and Schedules A, B, C, D, E, and F (explained step-by-step and line-by-line)
  • Income and adjustments to it
  • Estimated taxes

That’s the information most people desperately need on April 14th. But the most valuable information is on tax planning—not tax filing. No matter what bracket you’re in, this is the part you shouldn’t ignore. It includes guidelines and advice on:

  • Reducing taxes with retirement planning
  • Small business tax planning
  • Investment and taxes, including some types of tax-favored investments to avoid
  • Real estate taxes, including information on buying a home, getting a mortgage, and selling a home
  • Kids and taxes, including a caution about education savings accounts
  • Estate planning (after all, with your new tax expertise, you may someday have an estate)

Just in case, there’s also information on correcting mistakes (yours or the IRS’s) and avoiding or surviving the dreaded audit. With Taxes for Dummies 2005, you’re prepared. It’s one of the least-taxing ways to get the information you need to file and to minimize your taxes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764572111
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 557
  • Product dimensions: 8.18 (w) x 10.58 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Tyson, MBA, is the author of For Dummies guides to personal finance and investing, including the million-copy bestseller Personal Finance For Dummies. David J. Silverman, EA, and Margaret Atkins Munro, EA, are tax advisors who also write about tax issues.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting Ready to File.

Chapter 1: Understanding the U.S. Tax System.

Chapter 2: Tax Return Preparation Options and Tools.

Chapter 3: Getting and Staying Organized.

Chapter 4: No Form Fits All (Or, What Kind of Taxpayer Are You?).

Part II: Tackling the Various Forms.

Chapter 5: Easy Filing: 1040EZ and 1040A.

Chapter 6: Form 1040: Income Stuff.

Chapter 7: Form 1040, Part II: Adjustments to Income Stuff.

Chapter 8: The Rest of the 1040.

Part III: Filling Out Schedules and Other Forms.

Chapter 9: Itemized Deductions: Schedule A.

Chapter 10: Interest and Dividend Income: Schedule B (1040), Schedule 1 (1040A).

Chapter 11: Business Tax Schedules: C, C-EZ, and F.

Chapter 12: Capital Gains and Losses: Schedule D.

Chapter 13: Supplemental Income and Loss: Schedule E.

Chapter 14: Giving Credits Where Credits Are Due.

Chapter 15: Other Schedules and Forms to File.

Part IV: Audits and Errors: Dealing with the IRS.

Chapter 16: The Dreaded Envelope I: IRS Notices.

Chapter 17: The Dreaded Envelope II: Audits.

Chapter 18: Fixing Mistakes the IRS Makes.

Chapter 19: Fixing Your Own Mistakes.

Part V: Year-Round Tax Planning.

Chapter 20: Tax-Wise Personal Finance Decisions.

Chapter 21: Reducing Taxes with Retirement Accounts.

Chapter 22: Small Businesses and Tax Planning.

Chapter 23: Your Investments and Taxes.

Chapter 24: Real Estate and Taxes.

Chapter 25: Kids and Taxes.

Chapter 26: Estate Planning.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 27: Ten Tips for Reducing Your Chances of Being Audited.

Chapter 28: Ten (or So) Often-Overlooked Tax-Reduction Opportunities.

Chapter 29: Ten Interview Questions for Tax Advisors.

Part VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Important IRS Info.

Appendix B: Glossary.

Index.

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