This is a complete tax savings guide which includes new tax law updates and a free supplement with tax forms for filing.
Table of Contents
What's New for 2008. Key Tax Numbers for 2008. PART 1 FILING BASICS. Do You Have To File a 2008 Tax Return? Filing Tests for Dependents: 2008 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 Taxable 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. 31 Tax Savings for Investors in Real Estate. 32 Tax Pointers 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 2008 TAX FORMS AND TABLES. PART 9 TAX LAW AUTHORITY. PART 10 CITATIONS OF AUTHORITIES. PART 11 PRACTICE BEFORE THE IRS. PART 12 PREPARING A FEDERAL ESTATE TAX RETURN. GLOSSARY. INDEX.