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Your Income Tax 2020

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-12-24
  • Publisher: Wiley

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America’s bestselling tax guide—prepare your 2019 taxes with ease!

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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 2019 xxvii

Tax News for 2019 xxvii

Key Tax Numbers for 2019 xxx

Tax-Saving Opportunities for 2019 xxxiii

Pending Legislation That Could Affect 2019 Returns xxxiv

Filing Basics 1

Do You Have to File a 2019 Tax Return? 2

Filing Tests for Dependents: 2019 Returns 4

Where to File Your 2019 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 81

Reporting Property Sales 109

Tax-Free Exchanges of Property 158

Retirement and Annuity Income 172

Retirement Distributions on Form 1099-R 173

IRAs 212

Income From Real Estate Rentals and Royalties 261

Loss Restrictions: Passive Activities and At-Risk Limits 281

Other Income 311

Claiming Deductions 335

Deductions Allowed in Figuring Adjusted Gross Income 337

Claiming the Standard Deduction or Itemized Deductions 343

New Law Increases the Standard Deduction for 2018

and Cuts Back Itemized Deductions 344

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 423

Other Itemized Deductions 446

Travel and Meal Expense Deductions 449

Personal Tax Computations 469

Dependents 471

Figuring Your Regular Income Tax Liability 484

Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) 489

Computing the “Kiddie Tax” on Your Child’s Unearned Income 497

Personal Tax Credits Reduce Your Tax Liability 503

Tax Withholdings 527

Estimated Tax Payments 534

Additional Medicare Tax and Net Investment Income Tax 540

Tax Planning 547

Tax Savings for Residence Sales 549

Tax Rules for Investors in Securities 566

Tax Savings for Investors in Real Estate 583

Tax Rules for Investors in Mutual Funds 597

Educational Tax Benefits 606

Special Tax Rules for Senior Citizens and the Disabled 625

Members of the Armed Forces 639

How to Treat Foreign Earned Income 647

Planning Alimony and Marital Settlements 658

Other Taxes 665

Gift and Estate Tax Planning Basics 671

Business Tax Planning 679

Income or Loss From Your Business or Profession 681

Retirement and Medical Plans for Self-Employed 713

Claiming Depreciation Deductions 725

Deducting Car and Truck Expenses 742

Sales of Business Property 757

Figuring Self-Employment Tax 764

Filing Your Return and What Happens After You File 773

Filing Your Return 775

Filing Refund Claims, and Amended Returns 784

If the IRS Examines Your Return 788

2019 Tax Forms 803

Form 1040 805

Form 1040-SR 807

Schedule 1 809

Schedule 2 810

Schedule 3 810

Schedule A 811

2019 Tax Table 812

2019 Tax Computation Worksheet 824

Glossary 825

Index 831

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