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J.K. Lasser's 1001 Deductions and Tax Breaks 2008: Your Complete Guide to Everything Deductible

ISBN: 978-0-470-23165-4
448 pages
February 2008
J.K. Lasser


Completely revised to reflect important changes in this year's tax laws, J.K. Lasser's 1001 Deductions & Tax Breaks 2008 will help you take advantage of every tax break and deduction you may be entitled to.

This comprehensive guide is clearly organized by subject matter so you can easily find situations that may apply to you. Each tax benefit is also clearly explained--along with the eligibility requirements for claiming the benefit--while planning tips and common pitfalls associated with the benefit in question are discussed in detail. New tax law alerts are also included throughout the book, so you can make the most informed decisions possible.

With this book as your guide, you'll find deductions and tax breaks with regard to:

You and your family

Your home and car

Your job or business

Your investments and retirement savings

Medical and dental expenses

Health savings accounts

Education costs

Your charitable giving

Casualty and theft losses

Packed with hundreds of updated deductions and credits, practical advice, and real-world examples, J.K. Lasser's 1001 Deductions & Tax Breaks 2008 is a book every taxpayer should own.

Don't forget to view the online supplement to this book for up-to-the-minute tax law changes.
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Table of Contents


1. You and Your Family.

2. Medical Expenses.

3. Education Costs.

4. Your Home.

5. Retirement Savings.

6. Charitable Giving.

7. Your Car.

8. Investing.

9. Travel.

10. Entertainment.

11. Real Estate.

12. Borrowing and Interest.

13. Insurance and Catastrophes.

14. Your Job.

15. Your Business.

16. Miscellaneous Items.

Appendix A. Items Adjusted Annually for Inflation.

Appendix B. Checklist of Nondeductible Items.


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Author Information

Barbara Weltman is an attorney and a nationally recognized expert in taxation for small businesses, as well as the author of several top-selling books on taxes and finance. She is also an experienced writer and has been featured in many media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Inc.com, Bloomberg TV, CNN, and CNBC. Sign up for her free e-newsletter and daily tips at www.barbaraweltman.com.
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Weltman, an attorney and small-business tax expert, aims with these guides to help both individual taxpayers and businesspersons understand, organize, and plan for tax season. Individuals will find straightforward help in 1001 Deductions & Tax Breaks, whose chapters cover deductions related to medical expenses, travel, real estate, investments, loans, automobiles, and more. Weltman explains each potential benefit in terms of the conditions for qualification, the planning required, possible pitfalls, and where to claim the benefit. New tax-law alerts appear throughout the text.
In Small Business Taxes, Part 1 covers business forms and the effect a business's choice of form has on tax obligations as well as instructs on record-keeping requirements to ensure eligibility for deductions and credits. Part 2 discusses the reporting of business income; Part 3 is a primer on deductions; and Part 4 addresses strategic planning (e.g., how to avoid common mistakes when claiming deductions).
Each book has been revised to reflect changes in the tax law, and there is also an online updating service through the J.K. Lasser web site (www.jklasser.com). Both editions' use of everyday examples, illustrative charts, and checklists helps make complex rules accessible. Recommended for public libraries. (Library Journal, February 1, 2008)
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