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Tax Handbook 2013-14 (Which) [Paperback]

Tony Levene
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29 April 2013 Which
Whether self-employed or on a high income, moving house or saving for the future, tax affects us all. 'Tax Handbook 2013-14' is essential reading for all UK taxpayers, and is fully updated for the financial year. This handy guide offers a wealth of information to demystify tax and help you save money. No-nonsense advice and practical tips show you how to deal with paperwork and information, so you can navigate the tax system with ease. Learn how to complete your tax return and check your tax code and National Insurance. Get information on tax-free perks at work and minimising your Inheritance Tax bill or Capital Gains Tax. The book is packed with up-to-date information, covering all financial situations. If you are working for an employer, understand the intricacies of PAYE, what to do if your circumstances change and the finer details of investing in your company. If you are self employed, understand the taxes you will need to pay, expenses you can claim and how to go about filling in the forms. Get information on tax and pensions, savings and investments, assets and property.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books; 7th Revised edition edition (29 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844901548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844901548
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An outstanding offering in the Which? Essential Guide series --Pensions World

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Tony Levene has been a financial journalist for over three decades and worked at the Guardian for 12 years. In 2008 he was voted Consumer Champion of the Year by Headline Money, and in 2010 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Association of British Insurers.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An overview of taxation in the UK 2 Aug 2012
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This 200+ page book will not comprehensively address many tax issues which, presumably, readers are buying it for. It's a relatively superficial overview of pretty much all personal taxation regimes from pensions to savings, to PAYE, to Stamp Duty and VAT. The book is laid out in accessible way - in the sense that it's not crammed full of text, instead having large bold blue titles, or white on blue titles, boxes offering tips, others directing readers to web sites etc. All this means that there is even less space for any detail but nonetheless because it is so wide ranging you will find something new.

If you are new to UK taxation then this book may well be for you. If you have a specific set of queries, the book probably won't provide sufficiently comprehensive information to meet your needs. It might direct you to a Which web page, or a HM Government Revenue and Customs site, but in practice Google will probably get you to the same place. You might also be better off with a website as the government continues to develop taxation policy on the fly no longer confined to the Budget or Autumn Statement. This seems to be particularly the case at the moment as the balancing act between economic growth and deficit reduction measures goes on.

So in conclusion, for a small group of people this book will be very useful. For most it will confirm what you already know and you'll find out a bit about taxes that are a little more obscure. If you've got a detailed question you likely won't find the answer here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tax Handbook 2012/13 15 Jan 2013
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This was more staisfactory. It was more comprehensive than the Daily Mail Guide, and seemed to answer most of my requirements.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great place to start 4 Jan 2013
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This is an easy-to-read guide to taxes; well written and structured. It is a useful starting point but may not be so helpful for those who already have a basic knowledge.

There is plenty of good advice and it does explain things in easy to understand terms. It covers a wide range of scenarios so is worth a read before seeking professional help.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good general guide 19 Sep 2012
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No, don't expect to be moving to Monaco or Cayman after reading this book, you won't be an expert just yet. But that's not what this book is about. It is a handbook, and as such gives a relatively simple high level overview of the main taxes and the issues that arise.

It's not Tolleys, but it doesn't claim to be. A good starting point for those wanting to understand the system.
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This is OK background reading for someone with no idea of how the tax system works or trying to find out about a new area such as retiring or becoming self employed. Apart from the IHT allowances section which is ambiguous and confusing, its clearly written and well laid out.
But thats about it. Its all very general and if you understand the basics of tax and pensions you will learn little new.
Its brevity means that the contents should not be relied on without further research. There is no mention, for example of the different tax credits rules for over 60s.
It would perhaps be better to move pensions and even self employment into separate books which would enable more detailed information on the core topics. The ridiculous complexity of the tax system means a book like this cannot really be described as a 'handbook'. Read it as an intro by all means but to get the full picture this is no substitute for ploughing through the HMRC website.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book to assist in completing my self-assessment tax return but it covers every aspect of personal taxation. Everything is explained clearly and simply.

I have not used any other book so cannot comment on comparisons but based on my experience, I would recommend it to anyone who needs a low cost guide to self-assessment and anyone who wants to navigate the twists and turns of the UK's tax system.

Highly recommended!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tax Handbook review 11 Aug 2013
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I really wanted the Daily Mail Tax guide 2013/2014 by Jane Vass.However, this does not appear to be available.The Daily Mail guide, in my opinion, is better formatted with more details for an individuals tax affairs.If I can get the Daily Mail guide for this current tax year I would like to order it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Prefer The Daily Mail tax guide 24 Jun 2013
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It is not as comprehensive as The Daily Mail Tax Guide. It does not list the tax thresh holds etc.,
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple easy to understand
ideal for the layman, easy to understand and get my head around, recommend to anyone. So glad I found this, thanks
Published 2 months ago by Arabian Racer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not specific and practical enough to help you feel your tax return
The book did not really serve the purpose very general high level review of tax jargons. If you want something to help you fill your tax return this book is not enough. Read more
Published 3 months ago by H. Silatani
5.0 out of 5 stars Tax Guide
I have purchased the Daily Mail Tax Guide for years and felt it was the best available for the 'non expert'.

This is not being published for 2013/14 (WHY?? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pat Coull
5.0 out of 5 stars Tax Handbook 2013-14 (Which)
I have given this book 5-stars because it was the first to be published after The 2013 Budget: no mean feat. Other publications have since followed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. P. Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Value
Cheaper than buying direct from Which? - very useful giving up to the minute information in clear understandable language.Would definitely recommend.
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Vincent A. Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars Tax Handbook
My husband found this book very helpful, a good purchase if it keeps him happy I am happy! Well done
Published 12 months ago by Margaret Fowler-beattie
1.0 out of 5 stars Mr Amazon should read this.
Good basic guide to tax system. I hope another guide is available on CORPORATION TAX. Mr Amazon may enjoy reading it
Published 15 months ago by annie
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide if you're a novice
I bought a previous edition of this book a few years ago and like most which guides found it quite a useful guide which explains in simple terms about the UK tax system. Read more
Published 19 months ago by joojeh99
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