J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2018For Preparing Your 2017 Tax Return
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The nation's most trusted tax guide, updated for your 2017 returns J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2018 is the nation's most trusted tax guide, updated to help you prepare your 2017 return. Step-by-step expert guidance walks you through the forms, calculations, and deadlines to help you file your taxes without the headaches. New changes including tax laws, IRS rulings, court decisions, and more are explained in plain English, backed by examples of how they apply to individual taxpayers like yourself. Explore your options in terms of deductions, income shelters, and planning strategies to maximize your savings and keep more of your money—without wading through volumes of dense tax code. This comprehensive yet accessible guide is your handbook for making your tax filing for 2017 easier than you thought possible. Tax time does not have to be a source of stress and anxiety. With the experts at J.K. Lasser by your side, you can file correctly and on time while paying less than you thought; this book shows you everything you need to know, and gives you the answers you need right at your fingertips. Learn how the latest changes from the IRS affect your return Get trusted advice for maximizing deductions and sheltering income Navigate the many IRS forms with step-by-step guidance Start planning now to streamline next year's filing Keeping up with ever-changing tax laws is a full-time job, decoding incomprehensible IRS forms can be an exercise in frustration, and searching for the answers you need can often leave you with more questions. Americans have been turning to J.K. Lasser for over 75 years to find trusted guidance on critical tax issues. J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2018 is this year's essential guide to taking the stress out of tax time.
FILING BASICS 1 Filing Status 9 REPORTING YOUR INCOME 33 Wages, Salary, and Other Compensation 35 Fringe Benefi ts 52 Dividend and Interest Income 75 Reporting Property Sales 101 Tax-Free Exchanges of Property 146 Retirement and Annuity Income 161 IRAs 197 Income From Real Estate Rentals and Royalties 243 Loss Restrictions: Passive Activities and At-Risk Limits 260 Other Income 288 CLAIMING DEDUCTIONS 311 Deductions Allowed in Figuring Adjusted Gross Income 313 Claiming the Standard Deduction or Itemized Deductions 322 Charitable Contribution Deductions 330 Itemized Deduction for Interest Expenses 354 Deductions for Taxes 371 Medical and Dental Expense Deductions 378 Casualty and Theft Losses and Involuntary Conversions 396 Deducting Job Costs and Other Miscellaneous Expenses 421 Travel and Entertainment Expense Deductions 435 Personal Exemptions 461 PERSONAL TAX COMPUTATIONS 475 Figuring Your Regular Income Tax Liability 477 Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) 481 Computing the “Kiddie Tax” on Your Child’s Investment Income 489 Personal Tax Credits Reduce Your Tax Liability 495 Tax Withholdings 516 Estimated Tax Payments 523 Additional Medicare Tax and Net Investment Income Tax 529 TAX PLANNING 535 Tax Savings for Residence Sales 537 Tax Rules for Investors in Securities 552 Tax Savings for Investors in Real Estate 568 Tax Rules for Investors in Mutual Funds 581 Educational Tax Benefi ts 590 Savings Account (ESA) 599 Home To Take Courses 607 Special Tax Rules for Senior Citizens and the Disabled 609 Members of the Armed Forces 621 How To Treat Foreign Earned Income 628 Planning Alimony and Marital Settlements 639 Other Taxes 646 Gift and Estate Tax Planning Basics 654 BUSINESS TAX PLANNING 663 Income or Loss From Your Business or Profession 665 Retirement and Medical Plans for Self-Employed 693 Claiming Depreciation Deductions 703 Deducting Car and Truck Expenses 720 Sales of Business Property 734 Figuring Self-Employment Tax 741 FILING YOUR RETURN AND WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU FILE 749 Filing Your Return 751 Filing Refund Claims, and Amended Returns 759 If the IRS Examines Your Return 763 2017 SAMPLE TAX FORMS 775 2017 Form 1040 777 Schedule A 779 Schedule B 780 Schedule C 781 Schedule D 783
The Most Trusted Name in Tax For over 75 years, more than 39 million Americans have trusted J.K. Lasser to help them save money at tax time J.K. Lasser can save you MORE money!Visit www.jklasser.com today for: 365-day-a-year tax news, advice, and guidance Ask J.K. Lasser! Get YOUR tax question answered! Free tax supplement Easy-to-Use Format Explains Complex Tax Laws FILING TIPS and FILING INSTRUCTIONS help you prepare your 2017 return PLANNING REMINDERS highlight year-end tax strategies for 2017 and planning opportunities for 2018 and later years CAUTIONS point out potential pitfalls to avoid and areas where you might expect IRS opposition LAW ALERTS indicate recent changes in the tax law and pending legislation before Congress COURT DECISIONS highlight key rulings from the Tax Court and other federal courts IRS ALERTS highlight key rulings and announcements from the IRS Basics of Filing (Chap. 1) including: Which form to file – Chap. 1 Filing as Head of Household – Chap. 1 Filing for your children – Chap. 1 Filing for married couples – Chap. 1 What Must You Report as Income? (Chaps. 2–11) including: Fringe benefits – Chap. 3 Capital gains & losses – Chap. 5 Traditional & Roth IRAs – Chap. 8 Rental Income – Chap. 9 What Deductions Can You Claim? (Chaps. 12–21) including: Moving expenses – Chap. 12 Charitable deductions – Chap. 14 Casualty loss – Chap. 18 Who is a dependent? – Chap. 21 How Much Tax Do You Owe? (Chaps. 22–28) including: The AMT – Chap. 23 Your child's tax – Chap. 24 Personal tax credits – Chap. 25 Estimated taxes – Chap. 27 Strategies to Save You Taxes (Chaps. 29–39) including: Tax-free residence sales – Chap. 29 Investing in securities – Chap. 30 Tax credits for education – Chap. 33 Armed forces rules – Chap. 35 Planning Ideas for Your Business (Chaps. 40–45) including: Home office deduction – Chap. 40 Keogh, Simple, or SEP – Chap. 41 Auto expenses – Chap. 43 Self-employment tax – Chap.45 Now That You're Done (Chaps. 46–48)including: Electronic filing – Chap. 46 Filing extensions – Chap. 46 IRS Audits – Chap. 48 Amended returns – Chap. 47
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