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J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2017

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J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2017

For Preparing Your 2016 Tax Return
America's number-one all-time best-selling tax guide, with 2,500 money-saving tips

J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2017 puts America's most trusted tax advice to work to help you with your 2016 tax return. Reader-friendly and easy to use, this book answers your most pressing questions to help you maximize your tax savings. You'll learn how the latest tax law and IRS changes apply to your specific situation, and you'll find expert advice on sheltering income, planning, claiming deductions, and more. New tax laws, IRS rulings, court decisions, filing pointers, and planning strategies are highlighted throughout for quick reference, and the companion website at jklasser.com has an e-Supplement that updates the text with the latest tax developments from the IRS and Congress. Using a CPA or tax software to file? This guide shows you what you can do to leverage the utmost money-saving capabilities these services have to offer. Filing yourself? This book gives you guidance and expertise from America's most trusted tax resource for over 75 years. 

Tax laws are continually evolving, and even if your family situation and finances haven't changed in the last year, your tax-saving opportunities or liabilities may have changed because of new rules. Do you routinely stay up to date on IRS rulings and new tax legislation? J.K. Lasser does, and this book tells you everything you need to know to file your 2016 return.

  • Maximize your tax savings with over 2,500 tax-saving tips
  • Learn how recent tax law changes affect your 2016 filing
  • Identify your deductions, and claim them correctly
  • Get the answers you need quickly, from a trusted source
  • Taxes are complex, confusing, and always changing, and it's tempting to just settle for what you're given—but why leave money on the table? You've worked hard for it, and you're entitled to it. Cut through the complexity and file correctly, on time, for a maximized return with the trusted authoritative help of J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2017.

    America's number-one all-time best-selling tax guide, with 2,500 money-saving tips

    J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2017 puts America's most trusted tax advice to work to help you with your 2016 tax return. Reader-friendly and easy to use, this book answers your most pressing questions to help you maximize your tax savings. You'll learn how the latest tax law and IRS changes apply to your specific situation, and you'll find expert advice on sheltering income, planning, claiming deductions, and more. New tax laws, IRS rulings, court decisions, filing pointers, and planning strategies are highlighted throughout for quick reference, and the companion website at jklasser.com has an e-Supplement that updates the text with the latest tax developments from the IRS and Congress. Using a CPA or tax software to file? This guide shows you what you can do to leverage the utmost money-saving capabilities these services have to offer. Filing yourself? This book gives you guidance and expertise from America's most trusted tax resource for over 75 years. 

    Tax laws are continually evolving, and even if your family situation and finances haven't changed in the last year, your tax-saving opportunities or liabilities may have changed because of new rules. Do you routinely stay up to date on IRS rulings and new tax legislation? J.K. Lasser does, and this book tells you everything you need to know to file your 2016 return.

  • Maximize your tax savings with over 2,500 tax-saving tips
  • Learn how recent tax law changes affect your 2016 filing
  • Identify your deductions, and claim them correctly
  • Get the answers you need quickly, from a trusted source
  • Taxes are complex, confusing, and always changing, and it's tempting to just settle for what you're given—but why leave money on the table? You've worked hard for it, and you're entitled to it. Cut through the complexity and file correctly, on time, for a maximized return with the trusted authoritative help of J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2017.

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    Table of Contents-
    • What’s New for 2016 xxv

      Key Tax Numbers for 2016 xxix

      FILING BASICS 1

      Do You Have to File a 2016 Tax Return? 3

      Filing Tests for Dependents: 2016 Returns 4

      Where to File Your 2016 Return 5

      Filing Deadlines (on or before) 6

      Which Tax Form Should You File? 8

      Filing Status 9

      REPORTING YOUR INCOME 33

      Wages, Salary, and Other Compensation 35

      Fringe Benefits 52

      Dividend and Interest Income 74

      Reporting Property Sales 100

      Tax-Free Exchanges of Property 145

      Retirement and Annuity Income 160

      IRAs 195

      Income From Real Estate Rentals and Royalties 241

      Loss Restrictions: Passive Activities and At-Risk Limits 258

      Other Income 286

      CLAIMING DEDUCTIONS 309

      Deductions Allowed in Figuring Adjusted Gross Income 311

      Claiming the Standard Deduction or Itemized Deductions 320

      Charitable Contribution Deductions 328

      Itemized Deduction for Interest Expenses 352

      Deductions for Taxes 369

      Medical and Dental Expense Deductions 376

      Casualty and Theft Losses and Involuntary Conversions 394

      Deducting Job Costs and Other Miscellaneous Expenses 419

      Travel and Entertainment Expense Deductions 433

      Personal Exemptions 459

      PERSONAL TAX COMPUTATIONS 473

      Figuring Your Regular Income Tax Liability 475

      Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) 479

      Computing the “Kiddie Tax” on Your Child’s Investment Income 487

      Personal Tax Credits Reduce Your Tax Liability 493

      Tax Withholdings 514

      Estimated Tax Payments 521

      Additional Medicare Tax and Net Investment Income Tax 527

      TAX PLANNING 533

      Tax Savings for Residence Sales 535

      Tax Rules for Investors in Securities 550

      Tax Savings for Investors in Real Estate 566

      Tax Rules for Investors in Mutual Funds 579

      Educational Tax Benefi ts 588

      Special Tax Rules for Senior Citizens and the Disabled 606

      Members of the Armed Forces 617

      How To Treat Foreign Earned Income 624

      Planning Alimony and Marital Settlements 635

      Other Taxes 642

      Gift and Estate Tax Planning Basics 650

      BUSINESS TAX PLANNING 659

      Income or Loss From Your Business or Profession 661

      Retirement and Medical Plans for Self-Employed 689

      Claiming Depreciation Deductions 699

      Deducting Car and Truck Expenses 716

      Sales of Business Property 730

      Figuring Self-Employment Tax 737

      FILING YOUR RETURN AND WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU FILE 745

      Filing Your Return 747

      Filing Refund Claims, and Amended Returns 755

      If the IRS Examines Your Return 759

      2016 SAMPLE TAX FORMS 771

      2016 Form 1040 773

      Schedule A 775

      Schedule B 776

      Schedule C 777

      Schedule D 779

      Schedule E 781

      Schedule SE 783

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