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9781119742241

J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2021 For Preparing Your 2020 Tax Return

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    9781119742241

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    1119742242

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-12-22
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Prepare your 2020 taxes like a pro 

J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2021: For Preparing Your 2020 Tax Return delivers a comprehensive and reliable guide to preparing your own 2020 taxes. Trusted by taxpayers for over seventy-five years, the latest entry in this series comes complete with worksheets and sample forms, as well as the advice that will ensure you get the biggest possible refund. 

Readers of this #1 all-time, best-selling tax guide will benefit from:

  • Hundreds of examples of how newly updated tax laws apply to individual taxpayers
  • Special features inserted throughout the text that highlight important concepts like new tax laws, IRS rulings, court decisions, and tax filing tips
  • Sage advice on maximizing deductions and credits, sheltering income from tax, and minimizing what you owe
  • Crucial information on the SECURE Act and the CARES Act

Perfect for any personal taxpayer, J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2021 also belongs on the bookshelves of anyone responsible for preparing personal tax returns for others. 

Author Biography

J.K. Lasser Institute has been the premier publisher of consumer tax guides since 1939, when Jacob Kay Lasser first published Your Income Tax. Since then, the guide has been published continuously for over seventy years and read by over 39,000,000 people. The J.K. Lasser Institute also publishes personal finance books such as Small Business Taxes and 1001 Deductions and Tax Breaks. J.K. Lasser Institute spokespeople are regularly sought after as media tax experts. They regularly appear on such broadcast programs as CNBC, CNN, and Bloomberg TV. They are also often featured in numerous periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Self Magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek and Reader's Digest.

Table of Contents

What’s New for 2020 xxvii

Tax News for 2020 xxvii

Key Tax Numbers for 2020 xxx

Tax-Saving Opportunities for 2020 xxxiii

Payments Resulting from the CARES Act xxxiv

Expiring Provisions xxxiv

Filing Basics 1

Do You Have to File a 2020 Tax Return? 2

Filing Tests for Dependents: 2020 Returns 4

Where to File Your 2020 Form 1040 or 1040-SR 5

Filing Deadlines (on or before) 6

What Forms Do You Need to File? 8

Filing Status 9

Reporting Your Income 35

Wages, Salary, and Other Compensation 37

Fringe Benefits 56

Dividend and Interest Income 82

Reporting Property Sales 110

Tax-Free Exchanges of Property 158

Retirement and Annuity Income 172

IRAs 211

Income From Real Estate Rentals and Royalties 260

Loss Restrictions: Passive Activities and At-Risk Limits 280

Other Income 310

Claiming Deductions 335

Deductions Allowed in Figuring Adjusted Gross Income 337

Claiming the Standard Deduction or Itemized Deductions 343

Charitable Contribution Deductions 350

Itemized Deduction for Interest Expenses 377

Deductions for Taxes 395

Medical and Dental Expense Deductions 404

Casualty and Theft Losses and Involuntary Conversions 424

Other Itemized Deductions 448

Travel and Meal Expense Deductions 451

Personal Tax Computations 473

Dependents 475

Figuring Your Regular Income Tax Liability 489

Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) 494

Computing the “Kiddie Tax” on Your Child’s Unearned Income 502

Personal Tax Credits Reduce Your Tax Liability 508

Tax Withholdings 532

Estimated Tax Payments 539

Additional Medicare Tax and Net Investment Income Tax 545

Tax Planning 551

Tax Savings for Residence Sales 553

Tax Rules for Investors in Securities 570

Tax Savings for Investors in Real Estate 587

Tax Rules for Investors in Mutual Funds 601

Educational Tax Benefits 610

Special Tax Rules for Senior Citizens and the Disabled 629

Members of the Armed Forces 644

How To Treat Foreign Earned Income 652

Planning Alimony and Marital Settlements 663

Other Taxes 670

Gift and Estate Tax Planning Basics 676

Business Tax Planning 685

Income or Loss From Your Business or Profession 687

Retirement and Medical Plans for Self-Employed 717

Claiming Depreciation Deductions 730

Deducting Car and Truck Expenses 747

Sales of Business Property 762

Figuring Self-Employment Tax 769

Filing Your Return and What Happens After You File 779

Filing Your Return 781

Filing Refund Claims, and Amended Returns 789

If the IRS Examines Your Return 793

2020 Tax Forms 807

Form 1040 808

Form 1040-SR 810

Schedule 1 814

Schedule 2 815

Schedule 3 816

Schedule A 817

Schedule B 818

2020 Tax Table 819

2020 Tax Computation Worksheet 831

2020 Earned Income Credit (EIC) Table 832

Glossary 841

Index 847

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