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J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2012

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J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2012

For Preparing Your 2011 Tax Return
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America's number one bestselling tax guide offers the best balance of thoroughness, organization, and usability

For over half a century, more than 39 million Americans have turned to J.K. Lasser for easy-to-follow, expert advice and guidance on planning and filing their taxes. Written by a team of tax specialists, J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2012 includes all the outstanding features that have made this book the nation's all-time top-selling tax guide. It covers some of the most important topics associated with your taxes, from what must you report as income and strategies that will save you on taxes to how much tax you actually owe and what deductions can you claim.

As an added value, you can gain direct access to bonus materials through jklasser.com, including links to the latest tax forms from the IRS, up-to-the-minute tax law changes, small business help, and much more. Filled with in-depth insights and timely advice, this is the guide of choice for today's serious taxpayer.

  • Contains over 2,500 easy-to-use tax planning tips and strategies and easy-to-understand coverage of the year's tax law changes
  • Includes filing tips and instructions to help you prepare your 2011 return
  • Comprised of a quick reference section that highlights what's new for 2011 as well as a topic index to help pinpoint the biggest money-saving deductions
  • Offers instruction for customers who use software or CPAs to file their taxes

Filled with practical tax guidance you can't find anywhere else, J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2012 will help you plan and file your 2011 tax return in the most efficient way possible.

America's number one bestselling tax guide offers the best balance of thoroughness, organization, and usability

For over half a century, more than 39 million Americans have turned to J.K. Lasser for easy-to-follow, expert advice and guidance on planning and filing their taxes. Written by a team of tax specialists, J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2012 includes all the outstanding features that have made this book the nation's all-time top-selling tax guide. It covers some of the most important topics associated with your taxes, from what must you report as income and strategies that will save you on taxes to how much tax you actually owe and what deductions can you claim.

As an added value, you can gain direct access to bonus materials through jklasser.com, including links to the latest tax forms from the IRS, up-to-the-minute tax law changes, small business help, and much more. Filled with in-depth insights and timely advice, this is the guide of choice for today's serious taxpayer.

  • Contains over 2,500 easy-to-use tax planning tips and strategies and easy-to-understand coverage of the year's tax law changes
  • Includes filing tips and instructions to help you prepare your 2011 return
  • Comprised of a quick reference section that highlights what's new for 2011 as well as a topic index to help pinpoint the biggest money-saving deductions
  • Offers instruction for customers who use software or CPAs to file their taxes

Filled with practical tax guidance you can't find anywhere else, J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2012 will help you plan and file your 2011 tax return in the most efficient way possible.

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Table of Contents-
  • What's New for 2011 xxv

    Key Tax Numbers for 2011 xxix

    Filing Basics 1

    Chapter 1 Filing Status 9

    Report ing Your Income 31

    Chapter 2 Wages, Salary, and Other Compensation 33

    Chapter 3 Fringe Benefits 50

    Chapter 4 Dividend and Interest Income 73

    Chapter 5 Reporting Property Sales 99

    Chapter 6 Tax-Free Exchanges of Property 141

    Chapter 7 Retirement and Annuity Income 156

    Chapter 8 IRAs 189

    Chapter 9 Income From Rents and Royalties 228

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

    Chapter 11 Other Income 273

    Claiming Deductions 295

    Chapter 12 Deductions Allowed in Figuring Adjusted Gross Income 297

    Chapter 13 Claiming the Standard Deduction or Itemized Deductions 305

    Chapter 14 Charitable Contribution Deductions 312

    Chapter 15 Itemized Deduction for Interest Expenses 336

    Chapter 16 Deductions for Taxes 350

    Chapter 17 Medical and Dental Expense Deductions 357

    Chapter 18 Casualty and Theft Losses and Involuntary Conversions 375

    Chapter 19 Deducting Job Costs and Other Miscellaneous Expenses 400

    Chapter 20 Travel and Entertainment Expense Deductions 414

    Chapter 21 Personal Exemptions 440

    Personal Tax Computations 453

    Chapter 22 Figuring Your Regular Income Tax Liability 455

    Chapter 23 Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) 459

    Chapter 24 Computing the "Kiddie Tax" on Your Child's Investment Income 467

    Chapter 25 Personal Tax Credits Reduce Your Tax Liability 473

    Chapter 26 Tax Withholdings 491

    Chapter 27 Estimated Tax Payments 498

    Tax Planning 505

    Chapter 28 Tax Planning Overview 507

    Chapter 29 Tax Savings for Residence Sales 511

    Chapter 30 Tax Rules for Investors in Securities 526

    Capter 31 Tax Savings for Investors in Real Estate 545

    Chapter 32 Tax Rules for Investors in Mutual Funds 559

    Chapter 33 Educational Tax Benefits 568

    Chapter 34 Special Tax Rules for Senior Citizens 585

    Chapter 35 Members of the Armed Forces 594

    Chapter 36 How To Treat Foreign Earned Income 602

    Chapter 37 Planning Alimony and Marital Settlements 613

    Chapter 38 Household Employment Taxes ("Nanny Tax") 620

    Chapter 39 Gift and Estate Tax Planning 625

    Business Tax Planning 633

    Chapter 40 Income or Loss From Your Business or Profession 635

    Chapter 41 Retirement and Medical Plans for Self-Employed 662

    Chapter 42 Claiming Depreciation Deductions 672

    Chapter 43 Deducting Car and Truck Expenses 690

    Chapter 44 Sales of Business Property 704

    Chapter 45 Figuring Self-Employment Tax 710

    Filing Your Return and What Happens After You File 719

    Chapter 46 Filing Your Return 721

    Chapter 47 Filing Refund Claims, and Amended Returns 733

    Chapter 48 If the IRS Examines Your Return 737

    2011 Tax Table and EIC Table 747

    Glossary 779

    Index 785

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