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All you need to know about cutting your taxes...this year and every year!

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  • The truth about avoiding IRS audits and costly tax penalties

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Overview

All you need to know about cutting your taxes...this year and every year!

  • The truth about maximizing all your legal deductions and credits
  • The truth about smart tax planning for today and for the long term
  • The truth about avoiding IRS audits and costly tax penalties

Simply the best thinking

THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

This book reveals 52 PROVEN bite-size, easy tax savings techniques that work.

“Kay Bell’s blog aims to provide tax and personal-finance tips and advice that will put more money in your bank account, not the government treasury.”

The Wall Street Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137153862
  • Publisher: FT Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/2009
  • Series: Truth About
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

S. Kay Bell has been writing about taxes for a decade, but following the subject–as a taxpayer, journalist, Congressional staff member, and government relations specialist–for most of her journalism career. After two decades in Washington, DC, including stints on Capitol Hill and with two major multinational corporations, she helped launch the tax channel at the popular personal finance website, Bankrate.com. She still writes for Bankrate, including the site’s tax blog, Eye on the IRS.

In addition, Bell posts daily at her own personal finance blog, Don’t Mess with Taxes, where The Wall Street Journal praised her ability to effectively put her personal finance advice in a social or historical context. Her writing also appears in numerous mass-circulation publications and websites, including USAToday.com, TheStreet.com, MarketWatch.com, and AOL.com, and she is regularly interviewed by media outlets ranging from National Public Radio’s “Marketplace” to Yahoo’s “Generation Debt.”

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part I: The Truth About Filing Requirements

Truth 1: Not everyone has to file 1

Truth 2: Figuring out your filing status 5

Truth 3: Filling out the right form 9

Truth 4: Meeting filing deadlines 13

Part II: The Truth About Taxable Income

Truth 5: Determining what's taxable 17

Truth 6: Earned versus unearned income 21

Truth 7: The alternative minimum tax 25

Truth 8: Our progressive tax system 29

Part III: The Truth About Credits and Deductions

Truth 9: Why credits are better 33

Truth 10: Standard versus itemized deductions 39

Truth 11: Dealing with deduction limitations 43

Truth 12: Maximizing charitable deductions 47

Truth 13: Deducting without itemizing 51

Part IV: The Truth About Taxes and Your Family

Truth 14: Marriage and taxes 55

Truth 15: Innocent and injured spouse issues 59

Truth 16: Tax implications of divorce 63

Truth 17: Claiming exemptions and dependents 67

Truth 18: Adoption assistance 71

Truth 19: Child and additional child tax credits 75

Truth 20: Tax help in caring for your kids (and others) 79

Truth 21: Tax-favored college savings options 83

Truth 22: When a child has to file 87

Truth 23: Taking tax-smart care of a parent 91

Part V: The Truth About Taxes and Your Employment

Truth 24: Getting your withholding right 95

Truth 25: Tax-favored employer-provided benefits 99

Truth 26: Recouping employee business expenses 103

Truth 27: Writing off job-hunting costs 107

Truth 28: Tax help in paying work-related moving costs 111

Truth 29: Self-employment tax considerations 115

Part VI: The Truth About Taxes and Your Home

Truth 30: Mortgage interest deduction 119

Truth 31: Writing off your property taxes 123

Truth 32: Increasing your home's tax basis 127

Truth 33: Home-sale tax exclusion 131

Part VII: The Truth About Investment Taxes

Truth 34: Capital gains rules and rates 135

Truth 35: How bad investments can pay off 139

Truth 36: Reporting investment income 143

Truth 37: Wash sale rules 147

Truth 38: Accounting for the kiddie tax 151

Part VIII: The Truth About Retirement Taxes

Truth 39: Individual retirement accounts 155

Truth 40: Company retirement plans 159

Truth 41: Retirement saver's credit 163

Truth 42: Retirement plan rollovers 167

Truth 43: Taxable Social Security benefits 171

Truth 44: Required minimum distributions 175

Truth 45: Estate taxes, or leaving it to your heirs, not the IRS 179

Part IX: The Truth About Tax Compliance

Truth 46: The trouble with tax protests 183

Truth 47: Payment options 187

Truth 48: Tax penalties 191

Part X: The Truth About Audits

Truth 49: Minimizing audit risks 195

Truth 50: Preparing for an audit 199

Part XI: The Truth About Special Tax Situations

Truth 51: Taxpayers abroad and military filers 203

Truth 52: Tax help in disastrous times 207

Epilogue 211

About the Author 212

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

    Easy to read. Logically presented. Thanks!

    Easy to read. Logically presented. Thanks!

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    I read a lot about the taxing world.

    Often I am searching to find books to recommend to my clients to give them a better understanding how a tax return works and what is needed to make it work best and what they can do to minimize their liability. The Truth About Paying Fewer Taxes is by far the best book I have ever come across to accomplish just that.

    The Truth About Paying Fewer Taxes is a book with "52 Truths" about taxes. It plainly answers questions like "do you have to file?", to "when?", to figuring out just what is taxable all the way through to retirement. Also covering Compliance, Audits, and Special Tax Situations The Truth About Paying Fewer Taxes will give you a better understanding of taxes, thus giving you what you need to cut your taxes.

    Kay is a fellow tax blogger (Don't Mess With Taxes, Taxes: Eye on the IRS), She helped create Bankrate.com's tax channel and continues to be a major contributor to Bankrate's Tax Guide. I have had occasion to talk with Kay on the phone, and I communicate regularly with her via Twitter.

    Kay's writing is beautiful and gentile, like reading a great novel.

    You can see a full list of the 52 truths just by looking at Barnes and Nobel's Feature tab for The Truth About Paying Fewer Taxes Each one of the truths is explained in detail and in plain language, so you can save money and understand why you're saving money.

    I have been recommending this book to every one of my clients, and will continue to do so from now on.

    Seeing you have made it this far, now it is time for you to get your copy. Click the buy button.

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