This Taxes for Dummies review article is written to help the thousands, if not millions, of readers out there who are clueless about taxes. The books under review cover information on 1040, 1040EZ and 1040A. Other useful information you can get from these books include information on tax-saving tips and simplifying IRS technical terms to make it easy for laymen to understand.
This article is written to make it easier for readers to decide on the best book to buy in the market and one that is assured to give them value for money. It is through this article that readers will know what to look out for in a tax book.
The book under our review is not just any other ordinary book on taxes; this tax book is an easy-to-read book. The books are specially written for laymen who do not understand tax terminologies used. One unique feature of the Taxes for Dummies book is that the book covers more than the 1040 information covered by other books in the industry.
The Taxes for Dummies book under review comes with a step-by-step guide that can deal with the IRS. This will ensure that you do not pay expensive accountants to solve a problem you can easily solve. You will get a clear understanding of what IRS letters mean and how you can best reply to their letters.
Our Taxes for Dummies book is among the few tax books in the market that help you with finding a tax preparer.
The book contains critical questions that the reader should ask when evaluating a tax preparer. Other unique features of our Taxes for Dummies book include well-detailed tips on how to reconstruct missing tax data and to verify market value and business expenses.
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How It Compares
To give you an unbiased review, we incorporated other books to see how they compare. The books were chosen based on their popularity and content. The books were incorporated in our review after they met our set out standards:
Taxes Made Simple: Income Taxes Explained in 100 Pages or Less
How to Pay Zero Taxes, 2018: Your Guide to Every Tax Break the IRS Allows
Essentials of Federal Income Taxation for Individuals and Business
Ease of use
Taxes for Dummies is a unique book that makes it easy for the readers to understand the entire concept of deductibles. The book is written in such a way it is fun to read, with heading and subheading to break up the content for readability. This new version of Taxes for Dummies comes with a line-by-line instruction so that the reader is not lost.
Unlike other books in the market, Taxes for Dummies is full of impressive tips that readers can use to help them in reducing their tax burden. To add sugar to honey, the book is humorous, and this ensures that you can read throughout it without getting bored.
For the ease of use, we gave it a 4.5-star rating.
Taxes for Dummies comes in a design with a blend of unique colors such as light green, yellow, black, and white. The design is inviting, the book feels good in the hand, and the quality pages mean you won't be tossing this one out in a year as you do some cheap paperbacks.
For this section, we gave it a 4-star rating.
This book is ideal for those who have a medium understanding of taxes. Unlike Taxes for Dummies that targets laymen who do not understand how to file taxes and deal with the IRS, you must know a bit about taxes to use this book, especially where technical terms are involved. The good thing about this book is that it is comprehensive and teaches you a lot of useful stuff that is normally taught in a finance class.
With Taxes Made Simple: Income Taxes Explained, you will learn the tricks that are used by other taxpayers to ensure they get a tax deduction and credits. This will ensure that you end up saving thousands of dollars in the long run. Unlike Taxes for Dummies, that is not updated to reflect 2018 tax laws, this book is updated with 2018 tax laws. Reading this book will open a world of opportunities for the reader as it is comprehensive with state income taxes, capital gains, and losses. You will also be able to learn how to calculate your refund and deductibles.
Ease of use
Unlike the Taxes for Dummies book, this book is written to target those who have a basic knowledge of accounting and taxes. The language used is not humorous, and this may bore the reader as he/she reads the book. The book is however written
For the ease of use, we gave a 4-star rating.
The book is predominantly purple with a yellow bolt in the center surrounded by a white background. On the front cover is the name of the author; Mike Piper. Unlike Taxes for Dummies, the design used here is not as creative as that of Taxes for Dummies. The book itself is a bit more sterile and less fun to hold and use.
For the quality of the design, we gave it a 3.5-star rating.
How to Pay Zero Taxes, 2018: Your Guide to Every Tax Break the IRS Allows boasts a wide range of experience in teaching readers about taxes for over three decades. It is this book that has been accredited by thousands of readers with helping them save thousands of dollars in the long-run. How to pay zero taxes has deciphered all the complex tax laws available to make it readable and easy for the readers to understand. This book will help you learn valuable information, especially on how to survive an audit by converting individual expenses into business deductibles. Unlike Taxes for Dummies, How to Pay Zero Taxes, 2018: Your Guide to Every Tax Break the IRS Allows comes with a 2018 edition.
Other features of the book include a comprehensive summary of how one can take advantage of IRS–sanctioned credits and exemptions. This 35th edition also comes with an attractive design with a predominantly blue color. It is 960 pages long and comes with a shipping weight of 3.1 pounds.
Ease of use
How to save zero taxes boasts of hundreds of tips that will help the reader save a lot of money in the long run. You will also find valuable advice on how to calculate elder care and childcare costs. The book has a table of contents and an index to help in ease of use. There is also a "surprise me" section that will make it easier for you to get interesting facts on tax.
For the ease of use, we gave it a 4-star rating.
Just like Taxes for Dummies, this book boasts an impressive design that is attractive and creative. The front pages of the title have a combination of orange and white. Both colors rest on a blue background with a yellow background at the top right corner of the book. The front page also has the name of the author; Jeff A. Schnepper’s, and the edition.
For the design and quality, we gave it a 4-star rating.
This book is comprehensive and well suitable for use by college students to help in their education. The main feature of this book is that it lacks complex legal terms that would otherwise make this book difficult to read. The book is well organized hence easy to read. Unlike Taxes for Dummies, this book uses IRS forms and scheduled worksheets to help you in real life tax preparation.
Its main strength is the tax tips that are made available throughout the book to help in easy learning and comprehension. At the end of a chapter, there are questions that enable the reader to horn their skills in actual tax preparation methods and to enforce the key points presented.
The book also comes with a CCH Classroom essential CD to act as a comprehensive instructor’s guide. The features of this book do not end here, unlike the Taxes for Dummies book, the essential for federal income boasts of CCH Essentials Internet Tax Research Library subscription that is free for one year and for those with 10 or more books bought. With this subscription, teachers will use this platform for online presentations, and this is beneficial to the students.
Ease of use
The book is simple to understand as it does not include complex legal words. To enable real tax preparation skills to be achieved, the book uses IRS forms and workable worksheets. For teachers to better transfer their skills and knowledge to the student, there is a CCH Classroom Essentials CD and a CCH Essentials Internet Tax Research Library. All these results in education been more exciting and fun.
For the ease of use, we gave it a 4.5-star rating.
The book has a simple design with unique purple boxes with different pictures inside. There is also the name of the author on the book and the year on the right side of the book.
For the design, we gave it a 4-star rating.
Though Taxes for Dummies is not a 2018 updated version, it still carries the day due to one fundamental aspect; it can be used both as a classroom guide and also by a layman trying to understand taxation. Unlike other tax books that are known for their fancy language, this is simple to use, and the tax principles used in the Taxes for Dummies are still relevant today.
For this, we gave it a final rating of 4.5.