Magazine article Strategic Finance

The Bookshelf

Magazine article Strategic Finance

The Bookshelf

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J.K. Lasser's[TM] 800-page Your Income Tax 2004 includes guidance on the numerous tax law changes of the past year. Some of these tax cuts continue to phase in and phase out, and it's useful to have a compendium in a single source on your bookshelf. Tax reductions originally scheduled to occur in 2006 apply retroactively to January 1, 2003, the income taxed at the 10% bracket has been expanded, the marriage penalty has been banished for 2003 and 2004, standard deductions have changed, capital gain rates have been lowered along with dividend tax, child tax credit has been increased, and there are changes for small businesses and the self-employed. The Lasser guide takes you from filing basics at the beginning of the book to planning strategies for the changes in years to come. Business tax planning is covered along with personal tax savings. A detailed Contents list and thorough Index make it easy to locate topics, and there are numerous usable sample tax forms, tables, and tax rate schedules. www.wiley.com A more focused (207-page) look at the tax changes enacted in the four major tax acts of the last two years can be found in J. K. Lasser's[TM] New Tax Law Simplied 2004. The subtitle, Get a Bigger Refund, explains the book's purpose. The eight chapters cover specific areas of change: Income Tax Rate Reductions; Tax Relief for Families; Tax Relief for Investors; For Educational Expenses; Pension and IRA Relief; Small Business Tax Relief; Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Relief; and Miscellaneous Tax Changes. …

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