- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Which? Books (14 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844900452
- ISBN-13: 978-1844900459
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 21.1 x 1.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,059,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tax Handbook 2008/9 ("Which?" Essential Guides) Paperback – 14 Apr 2008
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About the Author
Tony Levene has been a financial writer for over three decades. He is the author of several books including Money Saving Handbook, and was voted Consumer Champion in 2008 by headlinemoney.co.uk. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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If you know anything about tax or filling in a return, this is probably not the book for you.
Tony Levene has also included a guide to using the HMRC website, as some things such as making declarations can be done online and his hints and tips are very helpful.
Most valuable is an excellent Index which quickly leads you to what you want to know. No knowledge is assumed - and helpful case studies throughout enable the reader to see how they may need to deal with issues such as pension payments and tax credits.
The layout is similar to the 'Dummies' series, with lots of text boxes highlighting points needing special attention or giving really useful information. ('Tax tip', 'Ask the expert', '!')
Readable and very useful, just a few hours reading could quickly recoup you the cost of this - and potentially a lot more.
Very clearly laid out and easy to read, it gives basic information and considerations for personal taxation, including self-employment, and also touches upon National Insurance and VAT. It's certainly no replacement for an accountant, but the book really does cover the whys and hows, and shows you the terms you should be using to make yourself understood when talking to a tax professional (e.g. saying you want tax relief under the Rent A Room scheme, rather than "that money thingy for lodgers")
This is a very welcome reference book that I'll be keeping to hand for a long time to come.
I'm not the best book-keeper in the world, far from it, but this book has helped me a great deal to understand what I need to know about the rat's-maze that is the British tax system and already I've been able to improve my records and accounts ready for the new-year tax-return.
If you have to deal with your own tax forms in any way, this handbook is a must - but be prepared to do some serious thinking while reading as it does require a fair bit of thinking and at least some of your most recent accounts for refernce.
The layout is clear and concise and it follows a logical pattern starting off by outlining current tax allowances, deductions, National Insurance and VAT while also looking at issues faced by the employed, self-employed, tax issues facing families, pensions and retirement, savings and investments, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, renting and letting property, completing the HMRC Self Assessment form and how to deal with any tax-related problems. Throughout it is very comprehensive, clearly presented, well laid-out and very easy to read and to follow - not at all like a typical and tediously-dry tax publication. Some of the more complex issues, such as capital allowances, are simply explained making this book indispensible to anyone who's not really accountancy-minded but wishes to complete their tax return accurately without calling upon the professional services of an accountant.
An excellent purchase which I would highly recommend. Even better - I discovered that I will be eligible to claim a tax refund and will follow the described procedure for doing so!
Current for the year 2011/2012, it gives a one stop shop for all things tax. From tax credits, to inheritance tax, the advice is good, the tone non patronising and layout clear.
Recommended for any tax payer.
Most recent customer reviews
I will leave my original review below, but since writing it I have found a very worrying error in this book.Tax 2010/2011 For DummiesRead more