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West Federal Taxation: Individual Income Taxes [Hardcover]

William H. Jr. Hoffman , James E. Smith , Eugene Willis
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For twenty-six years running, the market-leading West Federal Taxation Series has helped more than one million users master the ever-changing nature of Federal taxation. The 2004 Edition of West Federal Taxation: Individual Income Taxes is no exception. With its comprehensive and accessible coverage, no other text is as effective at helping users master the ever-changing individual tax code and regulations. Because of its adherence to the recommendations of the Accounting Education Change Commission (AECC) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)7and because its authors and editors stay on top of trends in both tax law and tax education-- the 2004 Edition is thoroughly up-to-date, current in its thinking, and pedagogically advanced.

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William H. Hoffman, Jr., earned B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Michigan and M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Texas. He is a licensed CPA and attorney in Texas. His teaching experience includes: The University of Texas (1957-1961), Louisiana State University (1961-1967), and the University of Houston (1967-1999). Professor Hoffman has addressed many tax institutes and conferences and has published extensively in academic and professional journals. His articles appear in The Journal of Taxation, The Tax Adviser, Taxes--TheTax Magazine, The Journal of Accountancy, The Accounting Review, and Taxation for Accountants.

James E. Smith is the John S. Quinn Professor of Accounting at the College of William and Mary. He has been a member of the Accounting Faculty for over thirty years. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Arizona. Professor Smith has served as a discussion leader for Continuing Professional Education programs for the AICPA, Federal Tax Workshops, and various state CPA societies. He has conducted programs in over 40 states for approximately 25,000 CPAs. He has been the recipient of the AICPA’s Outstanding Discussion Leader Award and the American Taxation Association / Arthur Andersen Teaching Innovation Award. Other awards received by him include the Virginia Society of CPAs’ Outstanding Accounting Educator Award and the James Madison University’s Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. He was the President of the Administrators of Accounting Programs Group (AAPG) in 1991-1992. He was the faculty adviser for the William and Mary teams that received first place in the Arthur Andersen Tax Challenge in 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, and 2001 and in the Deloitte & Touche Tax Case Study Competition in 2002.

Eugene Willis is the Arthur Andersen Alumni Professor of Accountancy at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He joined the Illinois faculty in 1975 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. He has published articles in leading academic and professional journals, including The Accounting Review, The Journal of the American Taxation Association, The Journal of Accountancy, and The Journal of Taxation.Professor Willis is co-director of the National Tax Education Program, a continuing education program co-sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs and the University of Illinois. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars 0 Stars June 7 2004
Format:Hardcover
This has to be one of the worst textbooks I've encountered:
- Poorly organized
- Poorly written
- The problems have little correlation to the content of the chapters.
- Very few graphics, although some of the graphics included are quite good, just not nearly enough.
- This book is written for savants that confuse memorization with learning.
- You're probably stuck with this text; urge your professors and departments to abandon this book. Your time is worth something!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written May 23 2004
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Format:Hardcover
This book was required by my professor so I had to buy it. It is probably one of the worst textbooks I have ever used. I found the writing poorly phrased and there were a few inconsistencies with the Code. (constructive receipt, etc)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Talk your teacher out of this book!!! Feb. 4 2005
By Kellie White - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If your course requires this book, like mine did, go to the administrator of the school if you have to but talk them out of it.

The book frequently references other later chapters.

The book uses out of date tax forms, when the current years are available for free on irs.gov!

The book 'shortens' tables by grouping together years that are not really at the same rate, when the correct tables are available for free on irs.gov! It only warns you about this once in chapter 8, despite doing so all thru the book.

It spends way too much time on tax laws from prior years, and decades.

The quiz that the book provides for use with the chapters is bad!

It does not take into accout §167(k) which, admittedly only apply to 2003 and 2004, but those are the years given on the test.

It allocates on a 365 day basis for the leap year 2004 when the book (5 times!) told you to use 366 days if it is a leap year.

Some of the questions do not provide enough information to determine the correct answer.

There are also questions about items not mentioned in the book at all.

Not even the woman in class who DID taxes liked this book. It is difficult to imagine anyone it would be good for, unless maybe you needed to figure out how to depreciate a building you purchased in 1986.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written May 23 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book was required by my professor so I had to buy it. It is probably one of the worst textbooks I have ever used. I found the writing poorly phrased and there were a few inconsistencies with the Code. (constructive receipt, etc)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! June 12 2006
By Nathan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book to learn taxation from. I used West taxation books before going on to a career at a big 4 accounting firm!

As far as the previous reviewer, who is obsessed with out of date charts and tax forms....she/he doesn't really understand taxation. Tax codes change year in and out. When these books are published they go with the latest possible information.

Besides, if your goal is simply to learn the basics of preparing taxes, why is it so necessary to have all the current years tax code info? Especially when the tax code doesn't "usually" change a whole lot from year to year.

Anyways, I have checked out other tax textbooks, and this is the one I'd recommend (being someone with SOME experience in this field)
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 0 Stars June 7 2004
By D. G. Moran - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This has to be one of the worst textbooks I've encountered:
- Poorly organized
- Poorly written
- The problems have little correlation to the content of the chapters.
- Very few graphics, although some of the graphics included are quite good, just not nearly enough.
- This book is written for savants that confuse memorization with learning.
- You're probably stuck with this text; urge your professors and departments to abandon this book. Your time is worth something!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confused June 24 2007
By Alexis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have to purchase this book for class and am a bit reluctant after reading the reviews. It seems as though the last reviewer knows or works for Hoffman. I am paying over $150 for a book and I therefore want up-to-date, well organized and well written information.
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