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J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2015: For Preparing Your 2014 Tax Return

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America's bestselling tax guide for over seventy-five years, updated for 2014 taxes

J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2015 is the most trusted tax guide on the market, updated for 2014 tax returns. With full coverage of all changes and adjustments to the tax laws—including new deductions and credits—this book provides clear, plain-English explanations that help you decipher the tax code and reduce what you owe. Step-by-step instructions help you navigate forms and worksheets with ease, and over 2,500 money-saving strategies show you what to claim and how to claim it to maximize tax savings. You also get access to the book's companion website, which features up-to-the-minute tax news and tax law changes, tax-planning strategies including help for small business owners, and much more.

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    Table of Contents

    1. What’s New for 2014
    2. Key Tax Numbers for 2014
    3. Part 1: Filing Basics
      1. Chapter 1: Filing Status
        1. 1.1 Which Filing Status Should You Use?
        2. 1.2 Tax Rates Based on Filing Status
        3. 1.3 Filing Separately Instead of Jointly
        4. 1.4 Filing a Joint Return
        5. 1.5 Nonresident Alien Spouse
        6. 1.6 Community Property Rules
        7. 1.7 Innocent Spouse Rules
        8. 1.8 Separate Liability Relief for Former Spouses
        9. 1.9 Equitable Relief
        10. 1.10 Death of Your Spouse in 2014
        11. 1.11 Qualifying Widow/Widower Status If Your Spouse Died in 2013 or 2012
        12. 1.12 Qualifying as Head of Household
        13. 1.13 Filing for Your Child
        14. 1.14 Return for Deceased
        15. 1.15 Return for an Incompetent Person
        16. 1.16 How a Nonresident Alien Is Taxed
        17. 1.17 How a Resident Alien Is Taxed
        18. 1.18 Who Is a Resident Alien?
        19. 1.19 When an Alien Leaves the United States
        20. 1.20 Expatriation Tax
    4. Part 2: Reporting Your Income
      1. Chapter 2: Wages, Salary, and Other Compensation
        1. 2.1 Salary and Wage Income
        2. 2.2 Constructive Receipt of Year-End Paychecks
        3. 2.3 Pay Received in Property Is Taxed
        4. 2.4 Commissions Taxable When Credited
        5. 2.5 Unemployment Benefits
        6. 2.6 Strike Pay Benefits and Penalties
        7. 2.7 Nonqualified Deferred Compensation
        8. 2.8 Did You Return Wages Received in a Prior Year?
        9. 2.9 Waiver of Executor’s and Trustee’s Commissions
        10. 2.10 Life Insurance Benefits
        11. 2.11 Educational Benefits for Employees’ Children
        12. 2.12 Sick Pay Is Taxable
        13. 2.13 Workers’ Compensation Is Tax Free
        14. 2.14 Disability Pensions
        15. 2.15 Stock Appreciation Rights (SARs)
        16. 2.16 Stock Options
        17. 2.17 Restricted Stock
      2. Chapter 3: Fringe Benefits
        1. 3.1 Tax-Free Health and Accident Coverage Under Employer Plans
        2. 3.2 Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Archer MSAs
        3. 3.3 Reimbursements and Other Tax-Free Payments From Employer Health and Accident Plans
        4. 3.4 Group-Term Life Insurance Premiums
        5. 3.5 Dependent Care Assistance
        6. 3.6 Adoption Benefits
        7. 3.7 Education Assistance Plans
        8. 3.8 Company Cars, Parking, and Transit Passes
        9. 3.9 Working Condition Fringe Benefits
        10. 3.10 De Minimis Fringe Benefits
        11. 3.11 Employer-Provided Retirement Advice
        12. 3.12 Employee Achievement Awards
        13. 3.13 Employer-Furnished Meals or Lodging
        14. 3.14 Minister’s Rental or Housing Allowance
        15. 3.15 Cafeteria Plans Provide Choice of Benefits
        16. 3.16 Flexible Spending Arrangements
        17. 3.17 Company Services Provided at No Additional Cost
        18. 3.18 Discounts on Company Products or Services
      3. Chapter 4: Dividend and Interest Income
        1. 4.1 Reporting Dividends and Mutual-Fund Distributions
        2. 4.2 Qualified Corporate Dividends Taxed at Favorable Capital Gain Rates
        3. 4.3 Dividends From a Partnership, S Corporation, Estate, or Trust
        4. 4.4 Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Dividends
        5. 4.5 Taxable Dividends of Earnings and Profits
        6. 4.6 Stock Dividends on Common Stock
        7. 4.7 Dividends Paid in Property
        8. 4.8 Taxable Stock Dividends
        9. 4.9 Who Reports the Dividends
        10. 4.10 Year Dividends Are Reported
        11. 4.11 Distribution Not Out of Earnings: Return of Capital
        12. 4.12 Reporting Interest on Your Tax Return
        13. 4.13 Interest on Frozen Accounts Not Taxed
        14. 4.14 Interest Income on Debts Owed to You
        15. 4.15 Reporting Interest on Bonds Bought or Sold
        16. 4.16 Forfeiture of Interest on Premature Withdrawals
        17. 4.17 Amortization of Bond Premium
        18. 4.18 Discount on Bonds
        19. 4.19 Reporting Original Issue Discount on Your Return
        20. 4.20 Reporting Income on Market Discount Bonds
        21. 4.21 Discount on Short-Term Obligations
        22. 4.22 Stripped Coupon Bonds and Stock
        23. 4.23 Sale or Retirement of Bonds and Notes
        24. 4.24 State and City Interest Generally Tax Exempt
        25. 4.25 Taxable State and City Interest
        26. 4.26 Tax-Exempt Bonds Bought at a Discount
        27. 4.27 Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds
        28. 4.28 Interest on United States Savings Bonds
        29. 4.29 Deferring United States Savings Bond Interest
        30. 4.30 Minimum Interest Rules
        31. 4.31 Interest-Free or Below-Market-Interest Loans
        32. 4.32 Minimum Interest on Seller-Financed Sales
      4. Chapter 5: Reporting Property Sales
        1. 5.1 General Tax Rules for Property Sales
        2. 5.2 How Property Sales Are Classified and Taxed
        3. 5.3 Capital Gains Rates and Holding Periods
        4. 5.4 Capital Losses and Carryovers
        5. 5.5 Capital Losses of Married Couples
        6. 5.6 Losses May Be Disallowed on Sales to Related Persons
        7. 5.7 Deferring or Excluding Gain on Small Business Stock Investment
        8. 5.8 Reporting Capital Asset Sales on Form 8949 and on Schedule D
        9. 5.9 Counting the Months in Your Holding Period
        10. 5.10 Holding Period for Securities
        11. 5.11 Holding Period for Real Estate
        12. 5.12 Holding Period: Gifts, Inheritances, and Other Property
        13. 5.13 Calculating Gain or Loss
        14. 5.14 Amount Realized Is the Total Selling Price
        15. 5.15 Finding Your Cost
        16. 5.16 Unadjusted Basis of Your Property
        17. 5.17 Basis of Property You Inherited or Received as a Gift
        18. 5.18 Joint Tenancy Basis Rules for Surviving Tenants
        19. 5.19 Allocating Cost Among Several Assets
        20. 5.20 How To Find Adjusted Basis
        21. 5.21 Tax Advantage of Installment Sales
        22. 5.22 Figuring the Taxable Part of Installment Payments
        23. 5.23 Electing Not To Report on the Installment Method
        24. 5.24 Restriction on Installment Sales to Relatives
        25. 5.25 Contingent Payment Sales
        26. 5.26 Using Escrow and Other Security Arrangements
        27. 5.27 Minimum Interest on Deferred Payment Sales
        28. 5.28 Dispositions of Installment Notes
        29. 5.29 Repossession of Personal Property Sold on Installment
        30. 5.30 Boot in Like-Kind Exchange Payable in Installments
        31. 5.31 “Interest” Tax on Sales Over $150,000 Plus $5 Million Debt
        32. 5.32 Worthless Securities
        33. 5.33 Tax Consequences of Bad Debts
        34. 5.34 Four Rules To Prove a Bad Debt Deduction
        35. 5.35 Family Bad Debts
      5. Chapter 6: Tax-Free Exchanges of Property
        1. 6.1 Trades of Like-Kind Property
        2. 6.2 Personal Property Held for Business or Investment
        3. 6.3 Receipt of Cash and Other Property—“Boot”
        4. 6.4 Time Limits and Security Arrangements for Deferred Exchanges
        5. 6.5 Qualified Exchange Accommodation Arrangements (QEAAs) for Reverse Exchanges
        6. 6.6 Exchanges Between Related Parties
        7. 6.7 Property Transfers Between Spouses and Ex-Spouses
        8. 6.8 Tax-Free Exchanges of Stock in Same Corporation
        9. 6.9 Joint Ownership Interests
        10. 6.10 Setting up Closely Held Corporations
        11. 6.11 Exchanges of Coins and Bullion
        12. 6.12 Tax-Free Exchanges of Insurance Policies
      6. Chapter 7: Retirement and Annuity Income
        1. 7.1 Retirement Distributions on Form 1099-R
        2. 7.2 Lump-Sum Distributions
        3. 7.3 Lump-Sum Options If You Were Born Before January 2, 1936
        4. 7.4 Averaging on Form 4972
        5. 7.5 Capital Gain Treatment for Pre-1974 Participation
        6. 7.6 Lump-Sum Payments Received by Beneficiary
        7. 7.7 Tax-Free Rollovers From Qualified Plans
        8. 7.8 Direct Rollover or Personal Rollover
        9. 7.9 Rollover of Proceeds From Sale of Property
        10. 7.10 Distribution of Employer Stock or Other Securities
        11. 7.11 Survivor Annuity for Spouse
        12. 7.12 Court Distributions to Former Spouse Under a QDRO
        13. 7.13 When Retirement Benefits Must Begin
        14. 7.14 Payouts to Beneficiaries
        15. 7.15 Penalty for Distributions Before Age 59½
        16. 7.16 Restrictions on Loans From Company Plans
        17. 7.17 Tax Benefits of 401(k) Plans
        18. 7.18 Limit on Salary-Reduction Deferrals
        19. 7.19 Withdrawals From 401(k) Plans Restricted
        20. 7.20 Designated Roth Contributions to 401(k) Plans
        21. 7.21 Annuities for Employees of Tax-Exempts and Schools (403(b) Plans)
        22. 7.22 Government and Exempt Organization Deferred Pay Plans
        23. 7.23 Figuring the Taxable Part of Your Annuity
        24. 7.24 Life Expectancy Tables
        25. 7.25 When You Convert Your Endowment Policy
        26. 7.26 Reporting Employee Annuities
        27. 7.27 Simplified Method for Calculating Taxable Employee Annuity
        28. 7.28 Employee’s Cost in Annuity
        29. 7.29 Withdrawals From Employer’s Qualified Retirement Plan Before Annuity Starting Date
      7. Chapter 8: IRAs
        1. 8.1 Starting a Traditional IRA
        2. 8.2 Traditional IRA Contributions Must Be Based on Earnings
        3. 8.3 Contributions to a Traditional IRA If You Are Married
        4. 8.4 IRA Deduction Restrictions for Active Participants in Employer Plan
        5. 8.5 Active Participation in Employer Plan
        6. 8.6 Nondeductible Contributions to Traditional IRAs
        7. 8.7 Penalty for Excess Contributions to Traditional IRAs
        8. 8.8 Taxable Distributions From Traditional IRAs
        9. 8.9 Partially Tax-Free Traditional IRA Distributions Allocable to Nondeductible Contributions
        10. 8.10 Tax-Free Rollovers and Direct Transfers to Traditional IRAs
        11. 8.11 Transfer of Traditional IRA to Spouse at Divorce
        12. 8.12 Penalty for Traditional IRA Withdrawals Before Age 59½
        13. 8.13 Mandatory Distributions From a Traditional IRA After Age 70½
        14. 8.14 Inherited Traditional IRAs
        15. 8.15 SEP Basics
        16. 8.16 Salary-Reduction SEP Set Up Before 1997
        17. 8.17 Who Is Eligible for a SIMPLE IRA?
        18. 8.18 SIMPLE IRA Contributions and Distributions
        19. 8.19 Roth IRA Advantages
        20. 8.20 Annual Contributions to a Roth IRA
        21. 8.21 Converting a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA
        22. 8.22 Recharacterizations and Reconversions
        23. 8.23 Distributions From a Roth IRA
        24. 8.24 Distributions to Roth IRA Beneficiaries
      8. Chapter 9: Income From Real Estate Rentals and Royalties
        1. 9.1 Reporting Rental Real Estate Income and Expenses
        2. 9.2 Checklist of Rental Deductions
        3. 9.3 Distinguishing Between a Repair and an Improvement
        4. 9.4 Reporting Rents From a Multi-Unit Residence
        5. 9.5 Depreciation on Converting a Home to Rental Property
        6. 9.6 Renting a Residence to a Relative
        7. 9.7 Personal Use and Rental of a Residence During the Year
        8. 9.8 Counting Personal-Use Days and Rental Days for a Residence
        9. 9.9 Allocating Expenses of a Residence to Rental Days
        10. 9.10 Rentals Lacking Profit Motive
        11. 9.11 Reporting Royalty Income
        12. 9.12 Production Costs of Books and Creative Properties
        13. 9.13 Deducting the Cost of Patents or Copyrights
        14. 9.14 Intangible Drilling Costs
        15. 9.15 Depletion Deduction
        16. 9.16 Oil and Gas Percentage Depletion
      9. Chapter 10: Loss Restrictions: Passive Activities and At-Risk Limits
        1. 10.1 Rental Activities
        2. 10.2 Rental Real Estate Loss Allowance of up to $25,000
        3. 10.3 Real Estate Professionals
        4. 10.4 Participation May Avoid Passive Loss Restrictions
        5. 10.5 Classifying Business Activities as One or Several
        6. 10.6 Material Participation Tests for Business
        7. 10.7 Tax Credits of Passive Activities Limited
        8. 10.8 Determining Passive or Nonpassive Income and Loss
        9. 10.9 Passive Income Recharacterized as Nonpassive Income
        10. 10.10 Working Interests in Oil and Gas Wells
        11. 10.11 Partners and Members of LLCs and LLPs
        12. 10.12 Form 8582
        13. 10.13 Suspended Losses Allowed on Disposition of Your Interest
        14. 10.14 Suspended Tax Credits
        15. 10.15 Personal Service and Closely Held Corporations
        16. 10.16 Sales of Property and of Passive Activity Interests
        17. 10.17 At-Risk Limits
        18. 10.18 What Is At Risk?
        19. 10.19 Amounts Not At Risk
        20. 10.20 At-Risk Investment in Several Activities
        21. 10.21 Carryover of Disallowed Losses
        22. 10.22 Recapture of Losses Where At Risk Is Less Than Zero
      10. Chapter 11: Other Income
        1. 11.1 Prizes and Awards
        2. 11.2 Lottery and Sweepstake Winnings
        3. 11.3 Gambling Winnings and Losses
        4. 11.4 Gifts and Inheritances
        5. 11.5 Refunds of State and Local Income Tax Deductions
        6. 11.6 Other Recovered Deductions
        7. 11.7 How Legal Damages Are Taxed
        8. 11.8 Cancellation of Debts You Owe
        9. 11.9 Schedule K-1
        10. 11.10 How Partners Report Partnership Profit and Loss
        11. 11.11 When a Partner Reports Income or Loss
        12. 11.12 Partnership Loss Limitations
        13. 11.13 Unified Tax Audits of Partnerships
        14. 11.14 Stockholder Reporting of S Corp. Income and Loss
        15. 11.15 How Beneficiaries Report Estate or Trust Income
        16. 11.16 Reporting Income in Respect of a Decedent (IRD)
        17. 11.17 Deduction for Estate Tax Attributable to IRD
        18. 11.18 How Life Insurance Proceeds Are Taxed to a Beneficiary
        19. 11.19 A Policy With a Family Income Rider
        20. 11.20 Selling or Surrendering Life Insurance Policy
        21. 11.21 Jury Duty Fees
        22. 11.22 Foster Care Payments
    5. Part 3: Claiming Deductions
      1. Chapter 12: Deductions Allowed in Figuring Adjusted Gross Income
        1. 12.1 Figuring Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)
        2. 12.2 Claiming Deductions From Gross Income
        3. 12.3 What Moving Costs Are Deductible?
        4. 12.4 The Distance Test
        5. 12.5 The 39-Week Test for Employees
        6. 12.6 The 78-Week Test for the Self-Employed and Partners
        7. 12.7 Claiming Deductible Moving Expenses
        8. 12.8 Reimbursements of Moving Expenses
      2. Chapter 13: Claiming the Standard Deduction or Itemized Deductions
        1. 13.1 Claiming the Standard Deduction
        2. 13.2 When To Itemize
        3. 13.3 Husbands and Wives Filing Separate Returns
        4. 13.4 Standard Deduction If 65 or Older or Blind
        5. 13.5 Standard Deduction for Dependents
        6. 13.6 Prepaying or Postponing Itemized Expenses
        7. 13.7 Itemized Deductions Reduced for Higher-Income Taxpayers
      3. Chapter 14: Charitable Contribution Deductions
        1. 14.1 Deductible Contributions
        2. 14.2 Nondeductible Contributions
        3. 14.3 Contributions That Provide You With Benefits
        4. 14.4 Unreimbursed Expenses of Volunteer Workers
        5. 14.5 Support of a Student in Your Home
        6. 14.6 What Kind of Property Are You Donating?
        7. 14.7 Cars, Clothing, and Other Property Valued Below Cost
        8. 14.8 Bargain Sales of Appreciated Property
        9. 14.9 Art Objects
        10. 14.10 Interests in Real Estate
        11. 14.11 Life Insurance
        12. 14.12 Business Inventory
        13. 14.13 Donations Through Trusts
        14. 14.14 Records Needed To Substantiate Your Contributions
        15. 14.15 Form 8283 and Written Appraisal Requirements for Property Donations
        16. 14.16 Penalty for Substantial Overvaluation of Property
        17. 14.17 Ceiling on Charitable Contributions
        18. 14.18 Carryover for Excess Donations
        19. 14.19 Election To Reduce Fair Market Value by Appreciation
      4. Chapter 15: Itemized Deduction for Interest Expenses
        1. 15.1 Home Mortgage Interest
        2. 15.2 Home Acquisition Loans
        3. 15.3 Home Equity Loans
        4. 15.4 Home Construction Loans
        5. 15.5 Home Improvement Loans
        6. 15.6 Mortgage Insurance Premiums and Other Payment Rules
        7. 15.7 Interest on Refinanced Loans
        8. 15.8 “Points”
        9. 15.9 Cooperative and Condominium Apartments
        10. 15.10 Investment Interest Limitations
        11. 15.11 Debts To Carry Tax-Exempt Obligations
        12. 15.12 Earmarking Use of Loan Proceeds For Investment or Business
        13. 15.13 Year To Claim an Interest Deduction
        14. 15.14 Prepaid Interest
      5. Chapter 16: Deductions for Taxes
        1. 16.1 Deductible Taxes
        2. 16.2 Nondeductible Taxes
        3. 16.3 State and Local Income Taxes or General Sales Taxes
        4. 16.4 Deducting Real Estate Taxes
        5. 16.5 Assessments
        6. 16.6 Tenants’ Payment of Taxes
        7. 16.7 Allocating Taxes When You Sell or Buy Realty
        8. 16.8 Automobile License Fees
        9. 16.9 Taxes Deductible as Business Expenses
        10. 16.10 Foreign Taxes
      6. Chapter 17: Medical and Dental Expense Deductions
        1. 17.1 Medical and Dental Expenses Must Exceed AGI Threshold
        2. 17.2 Allowable Medical and Dental Care Costs
        3. 17.3 Nondeductible Medical Expenses
        4. 17.4 Reimbursements Reduce Deductible Expenses
        5. 17.5 Expenses of Your Spouse
        6. 17.6 Expenses of Your Dependents
        7. 17.7 Decedent’s Medical Expenses
        8. 17.8 Premiums for Health Insurance
        9. 17.9 Travel Costs May Be Medical Deductions
        10. 17.10 Schooling for the Mentally or Physically Disabled
        11. 17.11 Nursing Homes
        12. 17.12 Nurses’ Wages
        13. 17.13 Home Improvements as Medical Expenses
        14. 17.14 Costs Deductible as Business Expenses
        15. 17.15 Long-Term Care Premiums and Services
        16. 17.16 Life Insurance Used by Chronically ill or Terminally ill Persons
      7. Chapter 18: Casualty and Theft Losses and Involuntary Conversions
        1. 18.1 Sudden Event Test for Casualty Losses
        2. 18.2 When To Deduct a Casualty Loss
        3. 18.3 Disaster Losses
        4. 18.4 Who May Deduct a Casualty Loss
        5. 18.5 Bank Deposit Losses
        6. 18.6 Damage to Trees and Shrubs
        7. 18.7 Deducting Damage to Your Car
        8. 18.8 Proving a Casualty Loss
        9. 18.9 Theft Losses
        10. 18.10 Proving a Theft Loss
        11. 18.11 Nondeductible Casualty and Theft Losses
        12. 18.12 Floors for Personal-Use Property Losses
        13. 18.13 Figuring Your Loss on Form 4684
        14. 18.14 Personal and Business Use of Property
        15. 18.15 Repairs May Be a “Measure of Loss”
        16. 18.16 Insurance Reimbursements
        17. 18.17 Excess Living Costs Paid by Insurance Are Not Taxable
        18. 18.18 Do Your Casualty or Theft Losses Exceed Your Income?
        19. 18.19 Defer Gain by Replacing Property
        20. 18.20 Involuntary Conversions Qualifying for Tax Deferral
        21. 18.21 How To Elect To Defer Tax
        22. 18.22 Time Period for Buying Replacement Property
        23. 18.23 Types of Qualifying Replacement Property
        24. 18.24 Cost of Replacement Property Determines Postponed Gain
        25. 18.25 Special Assessments and Severance Damages
        26. 18.26 Reporting Gains From Casualties
      8. Chapter 19: Deducting Job Costs and Other Miscellaneous Expenses
        1. 19.1 2% AGI Floor Reduces Most Miscellaneous Expenses
        2. 19.2 Effect of 2% AGI Floor on Miscellaneous Deductions
        3. 19.3 Checklist of Job Expenses Subject to the 2% AGI Floor
        4. 19.4 Job Expenses Not Subject to the 2% AGI Floor
        5. 19.5 Dues and Subscriptions
        6. 19.6 Uniforms and Work Clothes
        7. 19.7 Expenses of Looking for a New Job
        8. 19.8 Local Transportation Costs
        9. 19.9 Unusual Job Expenses
        10. 19.10 Computers Bought for Work
        11. 19.11 Cell Phones, Calculators, Copiers and Fax Machines
        12. 19.12 Small Tools
        13. 19.13 Employee Home Office Deductions
        14. 19.14 Telephone Costs
        15. 19.15 Checklist of Deductible Investment Expenses
        16. 19.16 Costs of Tax Return Preparation and Audits
        17. 19.17 Deducting Legal Costs
        18. 19.18 Contingent Fees Paid Out of Taxable Awards
      9. Chapter 20: Travel and Entertainment Expense Deductions
        1. 20.1 Deduction Guide for Travel and Transportation Expenses
        2. 20.2 Commuting Expenses
        3. 20.3 Overnight-Sleep Test Limits Deduction of Meal Costs
        4. 20.4 IRS Meal Allowance
        5. 20.5 Business Trip Deductions
        6. 20.6 Local Lodging Costs
        7. 20.7 When Are You Away From Home?
        8. 20.8 Fixing a Tax Home If You Work in Different Locations
        9. 20.9 Tax Home of Married Couple Working in Different Cities
        10. 20.10 Deducting Living Costs on Temporary Assignment
        11. 20.11 Business-Vacation Trips Within the United States
        12. 20.12 Business-Vacation Trips Outside the United States
        13. 20.13 Deducting Expenses of Business Conventions
        14. 20.14 Travel Expenses of a Spouse, Dependent, or Business Associate
        15. 20.15 Restrictions on Foreign Conventions and Cruises
        16. 20.16 50% Deduction Limit
        17. 20.17 The Restrictive Tests for Meals and Entertainment
        18. 20.18 Directly Related Dining and Entertainment
        19. 20.19 Goodwill Entertainment
        20. 20.20 Home Entertaining
        21. 20.21 Your Personal Share of Entertainment Costs
        22. 20.22 Entertainment Costs of Spouses
        23. 20.23 Entertainment Facilities and Club Dues
        24. 20.24 Restrictive Test Exception for Reimbursements
        25. 20.25 50% Cost Limitation on Meals and Entertainment
        26. 20.26 Business Gift Deductions Are Limited
        27. 20.27 Record-Keeping Requirements
        28. 20.28 Proving Travel and Entertainment Expenses
        29. 20.29 Reporting T&E Expenses If You Are Self-Employed
        30. 20.30 Employee Reporting of Unreimbursed T&E Expenses
        31. 20.31 Tax Treatment of Reimbursements
        32. 20.32 What Is an Accountable Plan?
        33. 20.33 Per Diem Travel Allowance Under Accountable Plans
        34. 20.34 Automobile Mileage Allowance
        35. 20.35 Reimbursements Under Non-Accountable Plans
      10. Chapter 21: Personal Exemptions
        1. 21.1 How Many Exemptions May You Claim?
        2. 21.2 Your Spouse as an Exemption
        3. 21.3 Qualifying Children
        4. 21.4 Qualifying Relatives
        5. 21.5 Meeting the Support Test for a Qualifying Relative
        6. 21.6 Multiple Support Agreements
        7. 21.7 Special Rule for Divorced or Separated Parents
        8. 21.8 The Dependent Must Meet a Citizen or Resident Test
        9. 21.9 The Dependent Does Not File a Joint Return
        10. 21.10 Spouses’ Names and Social Security Numbers on Joint Return
        11. 21.11 Reporting Social Security Numbers of Dependents
        12. 21.12 Phaseout of Personal Exemptions
    6. Part 4: Personal Tax Computations
      1. Chapter 22: Figuring Your Regular Income Tax Liability
        1. 22.1 Taxable Income and Regular Income Tax Liability
        2. 22.2 Using the Tax Table
        3. 22.3 Tax Computation Worksheet
        4. 22.4 Tax Calculation If You Have Net Capital Gain or Qualified Dividends
        5. 22.5 Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet
        6. 22.6 Income Averaging for Farmers and Fishermen
        7. 22.7 Tax Credits
        8. 22.8 Additional Medicare Taxes
      2. Chapter 23: Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
        1. 23.1 Computing Alternative Minimum Tax on Form 6251
        2. 23.2 Adjustments and Preferences for AMT
        3. 23.3 Tax Credits Allowed Against AMT
        4. 23.4 AMT Tax Credit From Regular Tax
        5. 23.5 Avoiding AMT
      3. Chapter 24: Computing the “Kiddie Tax” on Your Child’s Investment Income
        1. 24.1 Filing Your Child’s Return
        2. 24.2 Children Subject to “Kiddie Tax” for 2014
        3. 24.3 Computing “Kiddie Tax” on Child’s Return
        4. 24.4 Parent’s Election To Report Child’s Dividends and Interest
      4. Chapter 25: Personal Tax Credits Reduce Your Tax Liability
        1. 25.1 Overview of Personal Tax Credits
        2. 25.2 Child Tax Credit for Children Under Age 17
        3. 25.3 Figuring the Child Tax Credit
        4. 25.4 Qualifying for Child and Dependent Care Credit
        5. 25.5 Limits on the Dependent Care Credit
        6. 25.6 Earned Income Test for Dependent Care Credit
        7. 25.7 Credit Allowed for Care of Qualifying Persons
        8. 25.8 Expenses Qualifying for the Dependent Care Credit
        9. 25.9 Dependent Care Credit Rules for Separated Couples
        10. 25.10 Qualifying Tests for EIC
        11. 25.11 Income Tests for Earned Income Credit (EIC)
        12. 25.12 Look up EIC in Government Tables
        13. 25.13 Qualifying for the Adoption Credit
        14. 25.14 Claiming the Adoption Credit on Form 8839
        15. 25.15 Eligibility for the Saver’s Credit
        16. 25.16 Figuring the Saver’s Credit
        17. 25.17 Premium Tax Credit
        18. 25.18 Mortgage Interest Credit
        19. 25.19 Residential Energy Credits
        20. 25.20 Credits for Fuel Cell Vehicles and Plug-in Electric Vehicles
        21. 25.21 Repayment of the First-Time Homebuyer Credit
      5. Chapter 26: Tax Withholdings
        1. 26.1 Withholdings Should Cover Estimated Tax
        2. 26.2 Income Taxes Withheld on Wages
        3. 26.3 Low Earners May Be Exempt From Withholding
        4. 26.4 Are You Withholding the Right Amount?
        5. 26.5 Voluntary Withholding on Government Payments
        6. 26.6 When Tips Are Subject to Withholding
        7. 26.7 Withholding on Gambling Winnings
        8. 26.8 FICA Withholdings
        9. 26.9 Withholding on Distributions from Retirement Plans and Commercial Annuities
        10. 26.10 Backup Withholding
      6. Chapter 27: Estimated Tax Payments
        1. 27.1 Do You Owe an Estimated Tax Penalty for 2014?
        2. 27.2 Planning Estimated Tax Payments for 2015
        3. 27.3 Dates for Paying Estimated Tax Installments for 2015
        4. 27.4 Estimates by Husband and Wife
        5. 27.5 Adjusting Your Payments During the Year
      7. Chapter 28: Additional Medicare Taxes
        1. 28.1 Higher-Income Taxpayers May be Subject to Additional Medicare Taxes
        2. 28.2 Additional 0.9% Medicare Tax on Earnings
        3. 28.3 Additional 3.8% Medicare Tax on Net Investment Income
    7. Part 5: Tax Planning
      1. Chapter 29: Tax Savings for Residence Sales
        1. 29.1 Avoiding Tax on Sale of Principal Residence
        2. 29.2 Meeting the Ownership and Use Tests
        3. 29.3 Home Sales by Married Persons
        4. 29.4 Reduced Maximum Exclusion
        5. 29.5 Figuring Gain or Loss
        6. 29.6 Figuring Adjusted Basis
        7. 29.7 Personal and Business Use of a Home
        8. 29.8 No Loss Allowed on Personal Residence
        9. 29.9 Loss on Residence Converted to Rental Property
        10. 29.10 Loss on Residence Acquired by Gift or Inheritance
      2. Chapter 30: Tax Rules for Investors in Securities
        1. 30.1 Planning Year-End Securities Transactions
        2. 30.2 Earmarking Stock Lots
        3. 30.3 Sale of Stock Dividends
        4. 30.4 Stock Rights
        5. 30.5 Short Sales of Stock
        6. 30.6 Wash Sales
        7. 30.7 Convertible Stocks and Bonds
        8. 30.8 Stock Options
        9. 30.9 Sophisticated Financial Transactions
        10. 30.10 Investing in Tax-Exempts
        11. 30.11 Ordinary Loss for Small Business Stock (Section 1244)
        12. 30.12 Series EE Bonds
        13. 30.13 I Bonds
        14. 30.14 Trader, Dealer, or Investor?
        15. 30.15 Mark-to-Market Election for Traders
      3. Chapter 31: Tax Savings for Investors in Real Estate
        1. 31.1 Real Estate Ventures
        2. 31.2 Sales of Subdivided Land—Dealer or Investor?
        3. 31.3 Exchanging Real Estate Without Tax
        4. 31.4 Timing Your Real Property Sales
        5. 31.5 Cancellation of a Lease
        6. 31.6 Sale of an Option
        7. 31.7 Granting of an Easement
        8. 31.8 Special Tax Credits for Real Estate Investments
        9. 31.9 Foreclosures, Repossessions, Short Sales, and Voluntary Conveyances to Creditors
        10. 31.10 Restructuring Mortgage Debt
        11. 31.11 Abandonments
        12. 31.12 Seller’s Repossession After Buyer’s Default on Mortgage
        13. 31.13 Foreclosure on Mortgages Other Than Purchase Money
        14. 31.14 Foreclosure Sale to Third Party
        15. 31.15 Transferring Mortgaged Realty
      4. Chapter 32: Tax Rules for Investors in Mutual Funds
        1. 32.1 Timing of Your Investment Can Affect Your Taxes
        2. 32.2 Reinvestment Plans
        3. 32.3 Mutual-Fund Distributions Reported on Form 1099-DIV
        4. 32.4 Tax-Exempt Bond Funds
        5. 32.5 Fund Expenses
        6. 32.6 Tax Credits From Mutual Funds
        7. 32.7 How To Report Mutual Fund Distributions
        8. 32.8 Redemptions and Exchanges of Fund Shares
        9. 32.9 Basis of Redeemed Shares
        10. 32.10 Comparison of Basis Methods
        11. 32.11 Mutual Funds Compared to Exchange-Traded Funds
      5. Chapter 33: Educational Tax Benefits
        1. 33.1 Scholarships and Grants
        2. 33.2 Tuition Reductions for College Employees
        3. 33.3 How Fulbright Awards Are Taxed
        4. 33.4 United States Savings Bond Tuition Plans
        5. 33.5 Contributing to a Qualified Tuition Program (Section 529 Plan)
        6. 33.6 Distributions From Qualified Tuition Programs (Section 529 Plans)
        7. 33.7 Education Tax Credits
        8. 33.8 American Opportunity Credit
        9. 33.9 Lifetime Learning Credit
        10. 33.10 Contributing to a Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA)
        11. 33.11 Distributions From Coverdell ESAs
        12. 33.12 Tuition and Fees Deduction
        13. 33.13 Student Loan Interest Deduction
        14. 33.14 Types of Deductible Work-Related Costs
        15. 33.15 Work-Related Tests for Education Costs
        16. 33.16 Local Transportation and Travel Away From Home To Take Courses
      6. Chapter 34: Special Tax Rules for Senior Citizens
        1. 34.1 Senior Citizens Get Certain Filing Breaks
        2. 34.2 Social Security Benefits Subject to Tax
        3. 34.3 Computing Taxable Social Security Benefits
        4. 34.4 Election for Lump-Sum Social Security Benefit Payment
        5. 34.5 Retiring on Social Security Benefits
        6. 34.6 How Tax on Social Security Reduces Your Earnings
        7. 34.7 Eligibility for the Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled
        8. 34.8 Figuring the Credit for the Elderly or Disabled
        9. 34.9 Tax Effects of Moving to a Continuing Care Facility
        10. 34.10 Medicare Part B and Part D Premiums for 2015
      7. Chapter 35: Members of the Armed Forces
        1. 35.1 Taxable Armed Forces Pay and Benefits
        2. 35.2 Tax Breaks for Armed Forces Members
        3. 35.3 Deductions for Armed Forces Personnel
        4. 35.4 Tax-Free Pay for Service in Combat Zone
        5. 35.5 Tax Deadlines Extended for Combat Zone or Contingency Operation Service
        6. 35.6 Tax Forgiveness for Combat Zone or Terrorist or Military Action Deaths
        7. 35.7 Extension To Pay Your Tax When Entering the Service
        8. 35.8 Tax Information for Reservists
      8. Chapter 36: How To Treat Foreign Earned Income
        1. 36.1 Claiming the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
        2. 36.2 What Is Foreign Earned Income?
        3. 36.3 Qualifying for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
        4. 36.4 How To Treat Housing Costs
        5. 36.5 Meeting the Foreign Residence or Physical Presence Test
        6. 36.6 Claiming Deductions
        7. 36.7 Exclusion Not Established When Your Return Is Due
        8. 36.8 Tax-Free Meals and Lodging for Workers in Camps
        9. 36.9 U. S. Virgin Islands, Samoa, Guam, and Northern Marianas
        10. 36.10 Earnings in Puerto Rico
        11. 36.11 Tax Treaties With Foreign Countries
        12. 36.12 Exchange Rates and Blocked Currency
        13. 36.13 Foreign Tax Credit or Deduction
      9. Chapter 37: Planning Alimony and Marital Settlements
        1. 37.1 Planning Alimony Agreements
        2. 37.2 Decree or Agreement Required
        3. 37.3 Cash Payments Required
        4. 37.4 Payments Must Stop at Death
        5. 37.5 Child Support Payments Are Not Alimony
        6. 37.6 No Minimum Payment Period for Alimony
        7. 37.7 3rd Year Recapture If Alimony Drops by More Than $15,000
        8. 37.8 Legal Fees of Marital Settlements
      10. Chapter 38: Other Taxes
        1. 38.1 Overview of Household Employment Taxes
        2. 38.2 Social Security and Medicare (FICA) Taxes for Household Employees
        3. 38.3 Filing Schedule H To Report Household Employment Taxes
        4. 38.4 Federal Unemployment Taxes (FUTA) for Household Employees
        5. 38.5 Individual Responsibility Penalty
        6. 38.6 Exemption from Individual Responsibility Payment
      11. Chapter 39: Gift and Estate Tax Planning Basics
        1. 39.1 Gifts of Appreciated Property
        2. 39.2 Gift Tax Basics
        3. 39.3 Filing a Gift Tax Return
        4. 39.4 Gift Tax Credit
        5. 39.5 Custodial Accounts for Minors
        6. 39.6 Trusts in Family Planning
        7. 39.7 What is the Estate Tax?
        8. 39.8 Take Inventory and Estimate the Value of Your Potential Estate
        9. 39.9 Estate Tax for 2014
        10. 39.10 Planning for a Potential Estate Tax
    8. Part 6: Business Tax Planning
      1. Chapter 40: Income or Loss From Your Business or Profession
        1. 40.1 Forms of Doing Business
        2. 40.2 Reporting Self-Employed Income
        3. 40.3 Accounting Methods for Reporting Business Income
        4. 40.4 Tax Reporting Year for Self-Employed
        5. 40.5 Reporting Certain Payments and Receipts to the IRS
        6. 40.6 Filing Schedule C
        7. 40.7 Deductions for Professionals
        8. 40.8 Nondeductible Expense Items
        9. 40.9 How Authors and Artists May Write Off Expenses
        10. 40.10 Deducting Expenses of a Sideline Business or Hobby
        11. 40.11 Deducting Expenses of Looking for a New Business
        12. 40.12 Home Office Deduction
        13. 40.13 Write-Off Methods for Home Office Expenses
        14. 40.14 Allocating Expenses to Business Use
        15. 40.15 Business Income May Limit Home Office Deductions
        16. 40.16 Home Office for Sideline Business
        17. 40.17 Depreciation of Office in Cooperative Apartment
        18. 40.18 Net Operating Losses (NOLs)
        19. 40.19 Your Net Operating Loss
        20. 40.20 How To Report a Net Operating Loss
        21. 40.21 How To Carry Back Your Net Operating Loss
        22. 40.22 Election To Carry Forward Losses
        23. 40.23 Overview of the Domestic Production Activities Deduction
        24. 40.24 Qualified Production Activities
        25. 40.25 Figuring the Deduction
        26. 40.26 Business Credits
        27. 40.27 Filing Schedule F
        28. 40.28 Farming Expenses
      2. Chapter 41: Retirement and Medical Plans for Self-Employed
        1. 41.1 Overview of Retirement and Medical Plans
        2. 41.2 Choosing a Qualified Retirement Plan
        3. 41.3 Choosing a SEP
        4. 41.4 Deductible Contributions
        5. 41.5 How To Claim the Deduction for Contributions
        6. 41.6 How To Qualify a Retirement Plan or SEP Plan
        7. 41.7 Annual Qualified Retirement Plan Reporting
        8. 41.8 How Qualified Retirement Plan Distributions Are Taxed
        9. 41.9 SIMPLE IRA Plans
        10. 41.10 Health Savings Account (HSA) Basics
        11. 41.11 Limits on Deductible HSA Contributions
        12. 41.12 Distributions From HSAs
        13. 41.13 Archer MSAs
        14. 41.14 Small Business Health Insurance Credit
      3. Chapter 42: Claiming Depreciation Deductions
        1. 42.1 What Property May Be Depreciated?
        2. 42.2 Claiming Depreciation on Your Tax Return
        3. 42.3 First-Year Expensing Deduction
        4. 42.4 MACRS Recovery Periods
        5. 42.5 MACRS Rates
        6. 42.6 Half-Year Convention for MACRS
        7. 42.7 Last Quarter Placements—Mid-Quarter Convention
        8. 42.8 150% Rate Election
        9. 42.9 Straight-Line Depreciation
        10. 42.10 Computers and Other Listed Property
        11. 42.11 Assets in Service Before 1987
        12. 42.12 MACRS for Real Estate Placed in Service After 1986
        13. 42.13 Demolishing a Building
        14. 42.14 Leasehold Improvements
        15. 42.15 Depreciating Real Estate Placed in Service After 1980 and Before 1987
        16. 42.16 When MACRS Is Not Allowed
        17. 42.17 Amortizing Goodwill and Other Intangibles (Section 197)
        18. 42.18 Deducting the Cost of Computer Software
        19. 42.19 Amortizing Song Rights
        20. 42.20 Bonus Depreciation
      4. Chapter 43: Deducting Car and Truck Expenses
        1. 43.1 Standard Mileage Rate
        2. 43.2 Expense Allocations
        3. 43.3 Depreciation Restrictions on Cars, Trucks, and Vans
        4. 43.4 Annual Ceilings on Depreciation
        5. 43.5 MACRS Rates for Cars, Trucks, and Vans
        6. 43.6 Straight-Line Method
        7. 43.7 Depreciation for Year Vehicle Is Disposed Of
        8. 43.8 Depreciation After Recovery Period Ends
        9. 43.9 Trade-in of Business Vehicle
        10. 43.10 Recapture of Deductions on Business Car, Truck, or Van
        11. 43.11 Keeping Records of Business Use
        12. 43.12 Leased Business Vehicles: Deductions and Income
      5. Chapter 44: Sales of Business Property
        1. 44.1 Depreciation Recaptured as Ordinary Income on Sale of Personal Property
        2. 44.2 Depreciation Recaptured as Ordinary Income on Sale of Real Estate
        3. 44.3 Recapture of First-Year Expensing
        4. 44.4 Gifts and Inheritances of Depreciable Property
        5. 44.5 Involuntary Conversions and Tax-Free Exchanges
        6. 44.6 Installment Sale of Depreciable Property
        7. 44.7 Sale of a Proprietorship
        8. 44.8 Property Used in a Business (Section 1231 Assets)
        9. 44.9 Sale of Property Used for Business and Personal Purposes
        10. 44.10 Should You Trade in Business Equipment?
        11. 44.11 Corporate Liquidation
        12. 44.12 Additional Medicare Taxes
      6. Chapter 45: Figuring Self-Employment Tax
        1. 45.1 What Is Self-Employment Income?
        2. 45.2 Partners Pay Self-Employment Tax
        3. 45.3 Schedule SE
        4. 45.4 How Wages Affect Self-Employment Tax
        5. 45.5 Optional Method If 2014 Was a Low-Income or Loss Year
        6. 45.6 Self-Employment Tax Rules for Certain Positions
    9. Part 7: Filing Your Return and What Happens After You File
      1. Chapter 46: Filing Your Return
        1. 46.1 Keeping Tax Records
        2. 46.2 Getting Ready To File Your Return
        3. 46.3 Applying for an Extension
        4. 46.4 Getting Your Refund
        5. 46.5 Paying Taxes Due
        6. 46.6 Electronic Filing
        7. 46.7 Notify the IRS of Address Changes
        8. 46.8 Interest on Tax Underpayments
        9. 46.9 Tax Penalties for Late Filing and Late Payment
      2. Chapter 47: Filing Refund Claims, and Amended Returns
        1. 47.1 Filing An Amended Return
        2. 47.2 When To File a Refund Claim
        3. 47.3 Stating the Reasons for Refund Claim
        4. 47.4 Quick Refund Claims
        5. 47.5 Interest Paid on Refund Claims
        6. 47.6 Refunds Withheld To Cover Debts
        7. 47.7 Amended Returns Showing Additional Tax
        8. 47.8 Penalty for Filing Excessive Refund Claim
      3. Chapter 48: If the IRS Examines Your Return
        1. 48.1 Odds of Being Audited
        2. 48.2 When the IRS Can Assess Additional Taxes
        3. 48.3 Audit Overview
        4. 48.4 Preparing for the Audit
        5. 48.5 Handling the Audit
        6. 48.6 Tax Penalties for Inaccurate Returns
        7. 48.7 Penalties for Not Reporting Foreign Financial Accounts
        8. 48.8 Agreeing to the Audit Changes
        9. 48.9 Disputing the Audit Changes
        10. 48.10 Offer in Compromise
        11. 48.11 Recovering Costs of a Tax Dispute
        12. 48.12 Suing the IRS for Unauthorized Collection
    10. Part 8: 2014 Sample Tax Forms
    11. Glossary
    12. Index
    13. End User License Agreement