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J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2010: For Preparing Your 2009 Tax Return

ISBN: 978-0-470-73054-6
848 pages
January 2010
J.K. Lasser

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 2010 includes all the outstanding features that have made this book the nation's all-time top-selling tax guide.

As an added value, you can gain direct access to dozens of bonuses 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. The book of choice for today's serious taxpayer Your Income Tax 2010 contains

  • Over 2,500 easy-to-use tax planning tips and strategies
  • Easy-to-understand coverage of the year's tax law changes
  • Filing tips and instructions to help you prepare your 2009 return
  • Quick reference section that highlights what's new for 2009
  • Quick topic index to help pinpoint the biggest money-saving deductions
  • Advice for customers whose use software or CPAs to file their taxes

Filled with expert advice and guidance, J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2010 will help you plan and file your 2009 tax return in the most efficient way possible.

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What’s New for 2009.

Key Tax Numbers for 2009.

PART 1 FILING BASICS.

Do You Have To File a 2009 Tax Return?

Filing Tests for Dependents: 2009 Returns.

Where To File.

Key to Service Center Map.

Filing Deadlines (on or Before).

Choosing Which Tax Form to File.

1 Filing Status.

PART 2 REPORTING YOUR INCOME.

2 Wages, Salary, and Other Compensation.

3 Fringe Benefits.

4 Dividend and Interest Income.

5 Reporting Property Sales.

6 Tax-Free Exchanges of Property.

7 Retirement and Annuity Income.

8 IRAs.

9 Income From Rents and Royalties.

10 Loss Restrictions: Passive Activities and At-Risk Limits.

11 Other Income.

PART 3 CLAIMING DEDUCTIONS.

12 Deductions Allowed in Figuring Adjusted Gross Income.

13 Claiming the Standard Deduction or Itemized Deductions.

14 Charitable Contribution Deductions.

15 Itemized Deduction for Interest Expenses.

16 Deductions for Taxes.

17 Medical and Dental Expense Deductions.

18 Casualty and Theft Losses and Involuntary Conversions.

19 Deducting Job Costs and Other Miscellaneous Expenses.

20 Travel and Entertainment Expense Deductions.

21 Personal Exemptions.

PART 4 PERSONAL TAX COMPUTATIONS.

22 Figuring Your Regular Income Tax Liability.

23 Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).

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

25 Personal Tax Credits Reduce Your Tax Liability.

26 Tax Withholdings.

27 Estimated Tax Payments.

PART 5 TAX PLANNING.

28 Tax Planning Overview.

29 Tax Savings for Residence Sales.

30 Tax Rules for Investors in Securities.

30 Tax Savings for Investors in Real Estate.

32 Tax Rules for Investors in Mutual Funds.

33 Educational Tax Benefits.

34 Special Tax Rules for Senior Citizens.

35 Members of the Armed Forces.

36 How To Treat Foreign Earned Income.

37 Planning Alimony and Marital Settlements.

38 Household Employment Taxes (“Nanny Tax”).

39 Gift and Estate Tax Planning.

PART 6 BUSINESS TAX PLANNING.

40 Income or Loss From Your Business or Profession.

41 Retirement and Medical Plans for Self-Employed.

42 Claiming Depreciation Deductions.

43 Deducting Car and Truck Expenses.

44 Sales of Business Property.

45 Figuring Self-Employment Tax.

PART 7 FILING YOUR RETURN AND WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU FILE.

46 Filing Your Return .

47 Filing Refund Claims, and Amended Returns.

48 If the IRS Examines Your Return.

PART 8 SAMPLE 2009 TAX FORMS AND TABLES.

Glossary.

Index.

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