Federal Taxation: Comprehensive Topics 2009

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Ephraim P. Smith, Philip J. Harmelink, James R. Hasselback
Cch Incorporated, Apr 1, 2008 - Business & Economics - 1256 pages
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CCH's 2009 Federal Taxation: Comprehensive Topics is a popular teacher-created combination first- and second-level tax course that offers comprehensive one-volume coverage of all the most important tax concepts and principles for a solid grounding in federal taxation. It offers clear and concise explanation of fundamental tax concepts in the framework of today's tax practice. Covering both planning and compliance, the book strikes an effective balance between AICPA model curriculum demands and the favored approaches of the majority of today's top tax teachers.

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This is a high-level textbook designed for upper-level tax accounting courses. Having used a few different tax texts during my 30 years of teaching tax I have some perspective on the pros and cons of each. I have used this book in my own classes for the last few years.
This a is fine book for motivated students. The book covers topics accurately and in detail, rather than glossing over them. Depending on the students' ambition and level of concentration this can be an advantage or a disadvantage. Students or teachers who just want a survey of tax should look elsewhere. The book does not stress tax preparation but is appropriate for those studying for the CPA exam.
The book is also a great bargain for financial planners and business people who need an accurate tax reference book that provides more than bullet-point descriptions.
 

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Steer clear of this book! I used this book in my tax accounting class. This book is so boring and awful. The book does a bad job of explaining the concepts and overlaps in chapters a lot. There are no color text (just blue and black), no helpful charts, and worst of all the book does not even help you to use the IRS tax forms! What is the point? I thought the point was to learn taxation and apply it to everyday life, not textbook tax theory.
A better book to recommend is Gerald E. Whittenburg's Income Tax Fundamentals 2009. This book actually has color, easier to read and provides the concepts in correlation to IRS tax forms.
 

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