The Don't Sweat Guide to Taxes: Avoiding Stress Over April 15th / Edition 1

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Foreword by Richard Carlson Ph.D.

Avoiding Stress Over April 15th

Filing your taxes is an event almost everyone "sweats." With tips on how to stay calm about the deadline, how not to obsess over lost receipts, and how to keep focused, this is the perfect gift for anyone who dreads tax time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786888122
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/3/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,107,599
  • Product dimensions: 7.81 (w) x 5.06 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

Richard Carlson, Ph.D., was the author of the bestselling Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series. He passed away in 2006.


Richard Carlson, whose Ph.D. is in psychology, is considered one of the foremost experts in happiness and stress-reduction around the world. He is the author of fifteen popular books including the runaway bestseller, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff, which was named the No. 1 bestselling book in America for two consecutive years, a feat never before achieved in publishing.

Dr. Carlson has become a worldwide phenomenon as well. His books appear in over 100 countries, resulting in over 40 million people worldwide reading one of the books in the Don't Sweat series. In 1997, he was chosen by People magazine as one of the most intriguing people to watch in the world and has been a popular guest on shows such as The View, Oprah, Today, and CNN.

Author biography courtesy of Hyperion Books.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northern California
    1. Education:
      San Jose State University, Pepperdine University; Ph.D., Sierra University

Table of Contents

Foreword 11
1. Smile! It's Tax Time 15
2. Tax Stats 17
3. Where the Money Goes 19
4. I Declare--It's the Best Approach 21
5. Let Us Now Quote the Famous 23
6. Your Attitude Can Be the Enemy 25
7. Factor Taxes into Your Budget 26
8. Saving Now Will Help Later 28
9. Don't Let Taxes Spoil Your Dreams 30
10. Understanding Tax Tradeoffs 32
11. You're a Trendsetter! 34
12. The Lottery: Uncle Sam Wins 36
13. The States of Taxes 38
14. Out-of-State Taxes 40
15. When Higher Taxes Are Good News 42
16. Set Aside Time for Your Preparations 44
17. Take a Forward Look 46
18. Meeting Deadlines, Preventing Dreadlines 48
19. Taxes Mean Trust 50
20. Find a Preparer That You Trust 51
21. When to Take Advice, When to Reject It 53
22. Build Your Own Team of Experts 55
23. You Be the Coach 57
24. The Value of Communication 59
25. Seize the Day 61
26. Small Things Count 63
27. If You Slip Up, Find a Pickup 64
28. Develop a Filing Protocol 66
29. Filing in the E-Age 68
30. Be Aware of Software 70
31. Extension Prevention 72
32. Taking a Tax Vacation 74
33. When You Finish--Celebrate! 76
34. Taxes: A Brief History 78
35. A Tangled Web 80
36. Taxes Around the World 82
37. Tax Cheats 84
38. Tax Protesters Doth Protest Too Much 86
39. The Most Famous Tax Protesters 88
40. They Took Taxes Seriously 90
41. A Different Look at "Tax Freedom Day" 92
42. There's Life After Taxes 94
43. Channel Your Passion into Planning 95
44. How Expert Are the Experts? 97
45. When No Advice is the Best Advice 99
46. Down on Commiseration Corner 101
47. Be Proud, Not Envious 103
48. The Tax Code and You 104
49. Broaden Your Understanding of Taxes 106
50. Make Yourself Scam-Proof 108
51. Don't Snub the Stub! 110
52. You Can't Know Everything 112
53. Pay Attention to Your Mail 114
54. The Mysteries of Brackets Revealed 116
55. How Many Exemptions? 118
56. Taxes and Your Home 120
57. After the Mortgage Is Paid 122
58. The Advantages of Credit Card Debt 124
59. Those Are the Breaks 126
60. Gimme Shelter 128
61. When to Itemize 130
62. Are You Withholding Properly? 132
63. All Hail Cottage Industries! 134
64. When Deferral Is a Good Thing 136
65. Are Estimated Payments for You? 138
66. If You Relocate... 140
67. Changes in Status 142
68. Helping Others Helps Your Taxes 144
69. Being Charitable--In Good Years and Bad 146
70. Taxes and Your Investments 148
71. Tax-Free Doesn't Necessarily Mean "Free" 150
72. Don't Be Passive with Passive Income 152
73. And Baby Makes Three 154
74. Tax Credit for Childcare 156
75. The Kiddie Tax 158
76. Whose Asset Is It Anyway? 160
77. Saving for College Through Tax Planning 162
78. IRAs 164
79. But Which IRA? 166
80. Taxes and Your Stock Portfolio 168
81. It's the After-Tax Return That Counts 170
82. 401(k) Plans--They're Still Okay 172
83. The Joker in the Mutual Funds Deck 174
84. The Dreaded Alternative Minimum Tax 176
85. The Lowdown on Inheritance Taxes 178
86. Factoring Taxes into Estate Planning 180
87. The Joy of Giving 182
88. Click Your Way to the IRS 184
89. Getting Help from the Government 186
90. What Happens if You Can't Pay? 188
91. A Kinder, Gentler IRS 190
92. If You Get a Notice, Take Note 192
93. Understanding Types of Audits 194
94. Thou Shalt Fear No Audit 196
95. Pitching Your Files? Not So Fast 198
96. Enjoy That Refund 200
97. Take the Long View on Tax Cuts 202
98. Plan for the Long Term 203
99. Taxation with Representation 205
100. Look Forward to Next Year 207
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