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How to Pay Zero Taxes by Jeff A. Schnepper

Fully updated to include all the latest tax law changes, How to Pay Zero Taxes outlines the easiest, most practical strategies you can use to lower your taxes this year, next year, and beyond. From converting personal expenses into business expenses to avoiding or surviving an IRS audit, Jeff Schnepper's guide comprehensively covers more deductions than any other tax book, all conveniently organized in six fast-access categories: exclusions, credits, “above-the-line” deductions, “below-the-line” deductions, traditional tax shelters, and supertax shelters.

Jeff A. Schnepper is the author of several books on finance and taxation, including How to Pay Zero Estate Taxes and all twenty-four previous editions of How to Pay Zero Taxes. He is a financial, tax, and legal advisor to the Transamerica sales force and runs a full-time accounting and legal practice in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Mr. Schnepper is Microsoft's MSN MONEY tax expert, an economics editor for USA Today and is tax counsel for Haran, Watson & Company.

     

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Why Do We Pay Taxes?   
Carl LaFresnaye

As Benjamin Franklin famously said, nothing is certain except death and taxes.

But where do taxes come from, and do we really need them?

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Let Bush Tax Cuts End, Economists Say (Fox News)
NABE economist said Congress should let the Bush tax cuts expire.

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A History of Taxes

The first recorded use of taxation was in ancient Egypt. The Book of Genesis reports that a share (20%) of all crops was given to Pharaoh. In modern times, taxes first began to appear in Europe in the early 17th century. The great powers of Europe, back in the days when Europe actually mattered, exported their taxation policy to their colonies in the New World.

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U.S. Sales Tax Rates Hit Record High (Forbes)
Shopping blues: Top tax 12%. Chicago's 10.25% highest big-city rate. More Internet tax fights loom.

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Later became the United States, the Stamp Act of 1765 famously kick started the American revolution. "No taxation without representation" became the rallying cry for both the American rebels and their supporters back in the United Kingdom, some of whom hoped that the British would follow the Americans' lead in throwing off the tyranny of Mad King George.

For a long time, federal income taxes were believed to be unconstitutional, but the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution granted the federal government the right to levy income taxes. However, Americans retain a long-standing hostility to taxation.

Resistance to Taxes

Communists and Libertarians may not share much in common, but one thing that unites them is a mutual distrust of taxation as a means of raising revenue. Karl Marx predicted that personal income taxes would disappear in a communist society as government ownership of businesses replaced them as a revenue source.

On the right of the political spectrum, libertarians and objectivists regard taxation as a form of slavery, or at least aggression by the government. Anarcho-capitalists argue that there is no moral difference between a criminal robbing a man of $50 and that same criminal voting for a politician who will tax the man that $50 and redistributing it to him in the form of welfare payments.

Most people, however, regard taxes as a payment for services rendered. Oliver Wendell Holmes said that "Tax is the price we pay for a civilized society", while Cicero called them "the sinews of society". There are various proposals for reform of the tax system. Proponents of the so-called "fair tax" include former presidential candidates Mike Gravel and Mike Huckabee. The fair tax would replace all income taxes with a national sales tax. Opponents of this proposal argue that it would be regressive, placing an undue burden on the poor, a charge denied by its supporters.

Some Eastern European countries have also adopted a flat tax system, with a uniform instead of a progressive rate of income tax. However, economists argue that such a system only works in a small country, though it has its supporters in the major western nations too.

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What Other Authors say about Taxes

Income Taxes: What Do They Go? by Carl LaFresnaye

Remember the Boston Tea Party? In 1773, the king in England and his Parliment had just initiated the Tea Tax – and the settlers didn't accept it. Many of them dressed up as Indians, boarded a trade ship...

State Of California Income Tax Forms – Information To Know About Them by Carl LaFresnaye

If you live in the state of California, chances are you have to file your state taxes forms every year. Very few people don't have to file – those who have no income or are too young are among them. If...

Finding Free Printable Tax Forms by Carl LaFresnaye

If an individual decides to do his own taxes, there are many different avenues where he can find free printable tax forms for his use. There are websites that provide these forms to individuals at no...

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The list of tax deductibles allowed by the IRS is so long and complicated that nobody seems to know exactly how many there are. Even Jeff A Schnepper's book How To Pay Zero Taxes, which is actually subtitled...

Do You Know When To File A Tax Return? by Ken Snowie

Every year, millions of Americans dread the inevitable; they have to gather all of their receipts and records and get ready to file their Federal Income Tax Returns. When was tax season first initiated?...

Understanding Basic Tax Terms by Ryan Fyfe

If your like many, you don't always understand what people are talking about when it comes to Taxes. It's important to know the main tax terminology, especially when tax season comes around. Knowing the...

Getting Tax Help From The IRS by Carl LaFresnaye

They say that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. Since we are all faced with filing our taxes year after year, it is pretty unavoidable. If you can afford to have a Certified Public...

Income Tax Return Filing 101 by Glenn McDonald

The month of April rolls around and most of America is getting ready to prepare their income tax returns.Every year everyone who made an income are required to report income to the federal and state governments...

Advice on Internal Revenue Service Audits by Roni Deutch

It is important to keep in mind that the IRS computer system selects the returns that are audited, not human employees. The computer system selects returns that are likely to yield the most money to the...

What Is An Inheritance Tax And When Is It Applied? by Gray Rollins

When an individual passes, on the federal government imposes an estate tax. This estate tax only applies to estate properties that are over one million fifty thousand dollars. The federal government is...

How Can Sales Tax Save You Money? by Steve Dolan

It's that time of the year again... tax time! It may not be one of the more enjoyable times of the year, but it is definitely one of the more important dates on the calendar. Hopefully, you have listened...

Utilizing Tax Tips by Carl LaFresnaye

Tax tips can be found from a variety of different sources, but individuals must be careful to determine whether those sources are professional and legitimate or if they are from average people who are...

Sources Of Free Tax Help by Carl LaFresnaye

Taxes are complicated! Everyone knows it – and most of us wish it were much more simple and easy to understand. But it isn't likely that the tax code will be simplified that much anytime soon – so we soldier...