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J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2014: For Preparing Your 2013 Tax Return

ISBN: 978-1-118-73423-0
848 pages
October 2013
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 2014 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 do 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 2013 return
  • Comprised of a quick reference section that highlights what's new for 2013 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 2014 will help you plan and file your 2013 tax return in the most efficient way possible.

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What's New for 2013 xxv

Key Tax Numbers for 2013 xxix

Tax-Saving Opportunities xxxi

FILING BASICS 1

Do You Have to File a 2013 Tax Return? 3

Filing Tests for Dependents: 2013 Returns 4

Where to File 5

Filing Deadlines (on or before) 6

Choosing Which Tax Form to File 8

1 Filing Status 9

REPORTING YOUR INCOME 31

2 Wages, Salary, and Other Compensation 33

3 Fringe Benefits 50

4 Dividend and Interest Income 72

5 Reporting Property Sales 97

6 Tax-Free Exchanges of Property 139

7 Retirement and Annuity Income 154

8 IRAs 188

9 Income From Real Estate Rentals and Royalties 227

10 Loss Restrictions: Passive Activities and At-Risk Limits 244

11 Other Income 272

CLAIMING DEDUCTIONS 293

12 Deductions Allowed in Figuring Adjusted Gross Income 295

13 Claiming the Standard Deduction or Itemized Deductions 304

14 Charitable Contribution Deductions 312

15 Itemized Deduction for Interest Expenses 336

16 Deductions for Taxes 352

17 Medical and Dental Expense Deductions 359

18 Casualty and Theft Losses and Involuntary Conversions 377

19 Deducting Job Costs and Other Miscellaneous Expenses 401

20 Travel and Entertainment Expense Deductions 415

21 Personal Exemptions 441

PERSONAL TAX COMPUTATIONS 455

22 Figuring Your Regular Income Tax Liability 457

23 Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) 461

24 Computing the "Kiddie Tax" on Your Child’s Investment Income 469

25 Personal Tax Credits Reduce Your Tax Liability 475

26 Tax Withholdings 491

27 Estimated Tax Payments 498

28 Additional Medicare Taxes 504

TAX PLANNING 511

29 Tax Savings for Residence Sales 513

30 Tax Rules for Investors in Securities 528

31 Tax Savings for Investors in Real Estate 546

32 Tax Rules for Investors in Mutual Funds 559

33 Educational Tax Benefi ts 567

34 Special Tax Rules for Senior Citizens 585

35 Members of the Armed Forces 594

36 How To Treat Foreign Earned Income 601

37 Planning Alimony and Marital Settlements 612

38 Household Employment Taxes ("Nanny Tax") 619

39 Gift and Estate Tax Planning Basics 624

BUSINESS TAX PLANNING 633

40 Income or Loss From Your Business or Profession 635

41 Retirement and Medical Plans for Self-Employed 663

42 Claiming Depreciation Deductions 673

43 Deducting Car and Truck Expenses 690

44 Sales of Business Property 704

45 Figuring Self-Employment Tax 711

FILING YOUR RETURN AND WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU FILE 719

46 Filing Your Return 721

47 Filing Refund Claims, and Amended Returns 733

48 If the IRS Examines Your Return 737

2013 TAX TABLE AND EIC TABLE 749

Form 1040 751

Schedule A 753

Schedule B 754

Dividend and Capital Gains Worksheet 755

2013 Tax Table 756

Tax Computation Worksheet 768

2013 EIC Table 769

GLOSSARY 779

INDEX 785

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J.K. Lasser Institute has been the premier publisher of consumer tax guides since 1939, when Jacob Kay Lasser first published Your Income Tax. Since then, the guide has been published continuously for over seventy years and read by over 39,000,000 people. The J.K. Lasser Institute also publishes several personal finance books, including Small Business Taxes, Home Owner's Tax Breaks, 1001 Deductions and Tax Breaks, Year-Round Tax Planning, and more. J.K. Lasser Institute spokespeople are regularly sought after as media tax experts. They regularly appear on such broadcast programs as CNBC, CNN, and Bloomberg TV. They are also often featured in numerous periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Self Magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek and Reader's Digest.
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November 20, 2013
America’s Number One Best-Selling Tax Guide - J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2014: For Preparing your 2013 Tax Return

The year 2013 will stand to be both consistent and memorable when it comes to tax changes. With the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts this year, taxpayers were able to breathe a sigh of relief, since it prevented taxes from increasing. Meanwhile the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriages and the IRS announcement that legally married same sex couples will be treated as married for all federal tax purposes, was a major announcement this year. Available now with these updates and much more is the nation’s number one bestselling tax guide J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax 2014: For Preparing your 2013 Tax Return (Wiley, November 2013; $22.95; ISBN: 978-1-118-73423-0). Written by a team of tax specialists it covers some of the most important topics associated with taxes, such as what taxpayers need to report as income, what deductions they can claim, all while providing strategies that will ultimately save taxpayers money.  The updated guide includes over 2,500 easy-to-use tax planning tips and coverage of the year's tax law changes as well as:

  • New additional Medicare taxes on earned and investment income
  • Higher AMT exemption amounts
  • Increased floor for itemized medical expenses
  • Increased standard deductions and personal exemptions
  • New top rates of 39.6% (ordinary income) and 20% (long-term capital gains and qualified dividends) for high-income taxpayers
  • New phase-outs of personal exemptions and itemized deductions if income exceeds thresholds
  • Optional simplified method for figuring a home office deduction

Filled with practical tax guidance you can't find anywhere else, J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2014 will help you plan and file your 2013 tax return in the most efficient way possible. Special features throughout the guide include icons to highlight new tax laws, IRS rulings, court decisions, filing pointers and planning strategies. It also includes a free supplement with tax forms for filing.

Taxpayers can gain direct access to supplement materials through www.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. For additional information please follow us on Twitter: @JKLasser and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JKLasserTax

Barbara Weltman, J.K. Lasser’s spokesperson, is an experienced media professional, ready to lend her expertise to print, online, and broadcast segments and is available for interviews and year-end tax questions. Barbara was recently named among the List of 100 Small Business Influencers for 2013, among many other major honors. She also hosts the radio show “Business Leader Radio” on www.wsradio.com. Barbara can be reached at info@BarbaraWeltman.com.

 

 

J.K. LASSER’S YOUR INCOME TAX 2014:

For Preparing Your 2013 Tax Return

Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Publication date: November 11, 2012

$24.95; Paperback; 848 pages; ISBN: 978-1-118-73423-0*also available in e-book format*

NEW TO THE J.K. LASSER SUITE -Informative and accessible, J.K. Lasser's Guide to Self-Employment is designed for you, the self-employed person working alone as a service provider, to help pin down all of the tax breaks to which you may be entitled. Divided into three comprehensive parts, this reliable resource will help you learn the basics of tax reporting: from what it means to be self-employed and an overview of what you have to report—as well as where and when—to becoming familiar with Schedule C, discover the various types of deductions and credits you can claim to reduce revenue that's taxed. J.K. Lasser’s Guide to Self-Employment, ISBN: 978-1-118-81143-6, Publication Date: November 11, 2013, Paperback, Price: $17.95

Completely revised to reflect important changes in this year's tax laws, J.K. Lasser's 1001 Deductions & Tax Breaks 2014 will help you take advantage of every deduction, tax credit, or other tax break that 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.  J.K. Lasser’s 1001 Deductions & Tax Breaks 2014, ISBN: 978-1-118-75487-0, Publication Date: November 4, 2013, Paperback, Price: $22.95

J.K. Lasser’s Small Business Taxes 2014 is a reliableresource that offers a complete overview of small business tax planning and provides you with the information needed to make tax-smart decisions throughout the year. Focusing on strategies that help you use deductions and tax credits effectively, shield business income, and maximize other aspects of small business taxes, this practical guide will show you how your actions in business today can affect your bottom line from a tax perspective tomorrow.  J.K. Lasser’s Small Business Taxes 2014, ISBN: 978-1-118-75492-4, Publication Date: November 11, 2013, Paperback, Price: $22.95

ABOUT J.K. LASSER INSTITUTE:

J.K. Lasser Institute has been the premier publisher of consumer tax guides since 1939, when Jacob Kay Lasser first published Your Income Tax. Since then, the guide has been published continuously for over seventy years and read by over 39,000,000 people. The J.K. Lasser Institute also publishes several personal finance books, including Small Business Taxes, Home Owner's Tax Breaks, 1001 Deductions and Tax Breaks, Year-Round Tax Planning, and more. J.K. Lasser Institute spokespeople are regularly sought after as media tax experts. They regularly appear on such broadcast programs as CNBC, CNN, and Bloomberg TV. They are also often featured in numerous periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Self Magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek and Reader's Digest.

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