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TABLE: Tax Pros' Picks
Who wants to spend hours reading about taxes? Not us. To spare you (and
ourselves) those awful hours poking through dozens of new small-biz tax books
and Web sites, we solicited reviews from folks who specialize in tax planning
for small companies. Burlingame (Calif.) planner Barbara Steinmetz looked at
three popular books, while Kent Noard, a San Jose (Calif.) planner, surfed
three tax-related Web sites.
Business Owner's Toolkit Tax Guide 2000, CCH/$17.95
Discusses capital Only first half of
assets and depreciation. book geared to business
Well-organized glossary. owners, mainly sole proprietors.
Business Owner's Tax Savings and Finance Deskbook, Harcourt/$89
Most sophisticated of A serious book that makes for some
group, especially tough slogging.
coverage of investments.
Tax Savvy for Small Business, Nolo Press/$29.95
Lightens a dry subject. Weak on expenses. Breezy style
Best on how to classify sometimes obscures important
independent contractors. details.
Thorough reviews on tax Lacks information on tax planning.
software and Web links. Some info not updated to 1999.
Best for do-it-yourselfers.
Comprehensive on tax laws. Hard to navigate. Generally,
Helpful checklists, have to know exactly what you
and easy access to forms. want to get it.
Best for planning and Active message boards are
its related Web links. seductive, but beware heeding
Helpful forms for basic strangers' advice.