JK Lasser's 101 plans to pay less taxes

Tax Time

J.K. Lasser’s 101 Plans to Pay Less Taxes
(revised and updated)
Bernard Greisman, editor
1984

For all our American friends, April 15  is Tax Day.

In the late 1980s, I was an accountant and did my fair share of taxes. Naturally, I am also one of those librarians who actually like tax season. It is one of the few times non library users show up at the library and a great time to show off what the library has to offer. These days I am contented to be Chief Financial Officer of ALB. I do the taxes for ALB and tell Holly we cannot deduct the cost of beer and fireworks as part of operating expenses. (I suppose we can make a case if we invite a couple of librarians to join us and call it “marketing”.)

Women and Taxes book cover

Women and Taxes

Women and Taxes
Leynse and Kamensky
1984

According to the back of this book, women can improve their life by understanding taxes. I wonder if men have the same life improvement experience.

I am a huge advocate of financial literacy for everyone. I am a fan of a book that helps explain all the financial ins and outs of being a working person. Too bad the advice in this book is behind about 3 or 4 major overhauls to the tax code. The Tax Reform Act of 1986 made almost every item about tax shelters, expenses, etc. an instant candidate for weeding.

Almost every year, Holly and I run into tax advice books sitting on library shelves from the 1980s and 1990s. Unless you committed fraud, you won’t be on the hook for anything after 7 years. Keeping consumer tax information around is a waste of space. Personally, I would weed tax info after 3 years.

Sure Ways to Cut Your Taxes

Is this deductible?

Kiplinger’s Sure Ways to Cut Your Taxes
McCormally
1990

We take a break from our National Library Week to remind everyone that it is April 15. For those outside of the USA, it is tax day. Don’t forget to file. As of this writing, this book was still on file in a public library business/finance collection. I am sure it is super helpful, especially for people e-filing!  If anyone says “historical value” to me I will clobber them with an 1991 10-key adding machine. Better yet, how about you work a ref desk in a public library on April 15 for people who just started to realize they need forms. Can you say Form 4868?