Storytime for Grownups: Taxing time of year

It’s that time of year again; tax season. The time when normal, mild mannered people go insane trying to figure out the tax code, and why the paperwork reduction act led to more paperwork?

If you’re a procrastinator like me, then you’re probably still having nightmares about deductions, receipts, and audits (oh my!).  The books below can help you navigate the rough waters of tax season.

For the Serious Tax-Preparer in All of Us

76ef6f46960ef8cf795b62b1a031235bBotkin, Sandy. “ Lower your taxes–big time! : wealth-building, tax reduction secrets from an IRS insider”.

This title is updated to include the American Taxpayer Relief Act passed in 2012. Botkin is a former IRS attorney, and has used his years of experience to teach others how they can implement money-saving strategies.



76ef6f46960ef8cf795b62b1a031235bFishman, Stephen, J.D. “Deduct it! : lower your small business taxes“.

Published by Nolo, a trusted source for legal, business, and finance information. Small business taxes can be a hassle, but author Fishman provides detailed information on various topics from business travel to retirement and record-keeping.



76ef6f46960ef8cf795b62b1a031235bFishman, Stephen, J.D. “Every landlord’s tax deduction guide”.

For those of you who own rental property and are endeavoring to do your own taxes this year, Fishman offers this gem that will walk you through deductions, losses, and depreciation. You’ll even find information on taxes for vacation home owners.



76ef6f46960ef8cf795b62b1a031235bLange, James. “Retire secure! : a guide to getting the most out of what you’ve got“.

What better time than the present to start preparing for your future. Planning for retirement can be a full-time job, but Lange offers tips on how to maximize savings for the future by paying taxes later.



76ef6f46960ef8cf795b62b1a031235bSchnepper, Jeff A. “How to pay zero taxes, 2016”.

The name says it all. If you’re still searching for not-so-commonly-known deductions and exemptions, this is the book for you!

Please note that the information provided above is not meant to serve as financial advice.



Stress Relief After Tax Season


Kelly, Diane. “Death and taxes” series.

IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway is on the case in this entertaining mystery series sure to make you forget about what you owe the IRS.



76ef6f46960ef8cf795b62b1a031235bKilgarlin, Shawn & Ron. “ Past tense : 365 daily tools for putting stress behind you–for good!”.

What I love about this book is that it addresses all different types of stressors, and is broken down into the seasons of the year and day-by-day. So whatever stress you’re feeling, this resource is bound to have something that will relieve it.



76ef6f46960ef8cf795b62b1a031235bMeyer, Joyce. “Overload : how to unplug, unwind, and unleash yourself from the pressure of stress”.

Evangelical pastor, New York Times best-selling author, and motivational speaker unpacks the daily frustrations of modern life in order to help Christians become closer to God. This book includes tips to uplug from stress paired with insights based on her religious background and understanding.



76ef6f46960ef8cf795b62b1a031235bNhat Hanh, Thich. How to relax”.

Part of the “Mindfulness essentials” series, best-selling author and Zen teacher Nhat Hanh offers a pocket-sized guide for readers of all faiths to learn or enhance their mindfulness practices.




76ef6f46960ef8cf795b62b1a031235b Yee, Rodney. “Rodney Yee’s yoga for energy & stress relief”.

Relieve tax season stress with this and many more yoga videos through the Palm Beach County Library System’s subscription to Hoopla. All you need is your library card number, and you have access to a library full of streaming videos!



Palm Beach Happening would like to once again thank Adam Davis, Director of System Services for the Palm Beach County Library System, for putting off his own taxes to help all of us with ours! Be on the lookout for the next installment in the Storytime for Grownups series, which will tackle the feline side of the ageless battle between cats and dogs; the sequel to our dog books guide.