Women and Taxes

Women and Taxes book cover

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. I would maybe hang on to something like Publication 17 for the 7 year window. Since you can download the entire publication you probably don’t even need to do that. If you are in an academic or archival library setting, there are probably more extensive guidelines, so your mileage may differ. Most consumer oriented tax info is drawn from Pub 17, so you could probably substitute that for most of those JK Lasser type of books on preparing income taxes.

This is a no-brainer weed. Just do it.

Mary (a former accountant. Really.)

Fear of the IRS

business taxes

3 comments

    1. I would go further and say that they actually detract from it, undercutting the serious nature of the subject matter.

  1. “I wonder if men have the same life improvement experience.” Yes, absolutely! Finantial literacy – taxes and all – benefits everyone. I’m willing to say that without any qualifier like “almost” or “nearly all”.

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