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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books (27 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844901327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844901326
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,293 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. 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Paul Ell HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheapjack on 4 Jun. 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harry Parsons on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lost John TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2012
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One of the things I learnt from this book is that one in three of us taxpayers has to complete a Tax Return each year. If we want to submit our Return on paper and have HMRC calculate what we owe, we have to make sure it reaches them by the end of October. It's later if you are happy to submit on-line (and HMRC's interactive form will calculate the tax due as you go), but must be done by 31st December if you want what you owe (providing it is no more than £2000) to be deducted from your next year's earnings. But in any case the Return has to be made and any tax owing paid (if not to be deducted next tax year) by 31st January. There is a fine for not doing, which increases sharply if you let it go on for several months, but there are a few reasons acceptable to HMRC for not filing on time, and many that are not. All this and much more is clearly set out in this excellent book.

And not just Income Tax. Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax, Excise Duty for Motor Vehicles, the tax on various forms of savings and investments, the all-important allowances and areas of tax exemption within all these taxes, and much more are all comprehensively detailed.

Although I already had some knowledge of each of the main forms of tax that touch most of us, I expected reading this book to be a chore. It wasn't. Admittedly, it would be harder work for those not already familiar with at least some of the terminology, but with perseverance any reasonably literate and numerate person should be able to understand all that is set out here. One of the better pieces of advice, of course, is that if you feel out of your depth you should pay a professional to prepare your Tax Return for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hywel James TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2012
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Tony Levene is a highly respected financial journalist of great experience, and his expertise is fully evident in this latest edition of the Tax Handbook 2012-13. The ten chapters identify the main areas for consideration and the final chapter is especially helpful in offering a step-by-step guide to a tax return, a calendar, useful addresses and advice on getting outside help on tax matters. There is a glossary of terms and a comprehensive index.

Over and above these worthwhile features are Tony Levene's use of crystal clear language to explain often very technical or complex tax matters, a wealth of useful tips and clarifications often set in boxes and other graphic devices which draw attention to matters of particular interest or importance.

The text is written in mercifully jargon-free English, and while I can imagine such a handbook being designed differently, I cannot imagine it being done better. Highly recommended.
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