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J.K. Lasser's 1001 Deductions and Tax Breaks 2012: Your Complete Guide to Everything Deductible



J.K. Lasser's 1001 Deductions and Tax Breaks 2012: Your Complete Guide to Everything Deductible

Barbara Weltman

ISBN: 978-1-118-17647-4 September 2011 464 Pages


A straightforward guide to taking tax breaks and deductions on your 2011 tax return

Completely revised to reflect important changes in this year?s tax laws, J.K. Lasser?s 1001 Deductions & Tax Breaks 2012 will help you take advantage of every tax break and deduction 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.

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.

  • Discusses deductions and tax breaks with regard to your family, home, car, job, investments, retirement, medical expenses, charitable giving, health coverage, and much more
  • Packed with hundreds of updated examples, practical advice, and real-world examples
  • Explains tax changes that are set to apply after 2011 that may affect your planning decisions
  • Includes a free online supplement at, which contains up-to-the-minute tax law changes
  • Other titles by Barbara Weltman: J.K. Lasser?s Small Business Taxes 2012

Filled with in-depth insights and expert advice, J.K. Lasser?s 1001 Deductions & Tax Breaks 2012 is a book every taxpayer should own.

Introduction v

1. You and Your Family 1

2. Medical Expenses 28

3. Education Costs 66

4. Your Home 100

5. Retirement Savings 140

6. Charitable Giving 171

7. Your Car 197

8. Investing 215

9. Travel 251

10. Entertainment 272

11. Real Estate 290

12. Borrowing and Interest 313

13. Insurance and Catastrophes 324

14. Your Job 342

15. Your Business 373

16. Miscellaneous Items 404

Appendix A. Items Adjusted Annually for Inflation 429

Appendix B. Checklist of Tax-Free Items 432

Appendix C. Checklist of Nondeductible Items 436

Index 441