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CCH Business Owner’s Toolkitš Tax Guide 1999. Is the Authoritative Resource for Small Business Owners This Tax Selling Season

(Riverwoods, ILL., October 20, 1998) -- CCH INCORPORATED, the leading publisher of professional tax materials, said today that it will extend its small business book line with a new title, CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit™ Tax Guide 1999. Aimed specifically at helping small, single-owner businesses prepare their 1999 income tax filings, each book will be bundled with a special CD-ROM designed to help entrepreneurs collect and organize their tax information. The book will be available for December 1998 retail delivery.

CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit Tax Guide 1999 was developed and edited by Susan Jacksack, JD, a tax attorney and small business tax specialist. Jacksack has written on tax and personal finance topics for 13 years, authoring a number of CCH books, including CCH Tax Guide for Professionals, CCH Tax Guide for Corporate Executives, CCH Tax Guide for Working Families, What Every Senior Citizen Ought to Know and When You Divorce.

Jacksack is among the team of tax, financial planning and small business experts who have produced CCH’s small business how-to retail book series including Start, Run & Grow a Successful Small Business; Hire, Manage & Retain Employees for Your Small Business and Small Business Financing. This is the same group of experts responsible for developing the acclaimed online service for small businesses, CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit (, AOL keyword: CCH and CompuServe: Go CCH).

Comprehensive Content for the Entrepreneur

CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit Tax Guide 1999 is an easy-to-understand source designed to save small business owners time and money in preparing their federal income tax returns. Among the key topics covered in the book are:

  • Getting organized and preparing taxes for the 1999 tax season;
  • Drawing the thin line between personal and business expenses and making sure you claim all available business deductions;
  • How to maximize deductions for auto, entertainment, depreciation and home office expenses -- the trickiest areas for most sole proprietors;
  • Handling contributions to employee benefit plans and retirement plans for the self-employed on tax returns;
  • What tax credits are available for different small businesses and how to claim these credits;
  • What the IRS looks for in an audit of business activities and the best approach in dealing with them and
  • Determining the best form of organization and tax implications for those entities, from sole proprietorships, partnerships and limited liability companies to corporations or S corporations.

While the primary focus of the book is on business-related tax issues, the book also includes a complete analysis of individual and family income tax issues. To help de-mystify the often difficult-to-understand language of taxes, an extensive, easy to understand glossary is included. Also included are ready-to-use tax forms so that a sole proprietor has fingertip access to everything he or she needs to complete basic tax returns.

"Very few small businesses have authoritative tax resources available to them, yet, as one of the largest business segments, business owners have a significant need for this information," said Martin Bush, publisher of CCH BusinessOwner’s Toolkit Tax Guide 1999. "In addition to CCH being widely known for its tax and business information, it also has established a highly regarded name within the small business market. This new title will both benefit from and further strengthen this recognition."

Combining Print with Electronic

Increasing the selling appeal of the tax guide is a free CD-ROM tax organizer. The Microsoftģ Windows-based tool allows the user to import tax-related information directly from the most popular personal finance software, such as Quicken and Money , into the CCH organizer. A helpful interview format guides the user through critical questions to ensure that information affecting the small business and the owner’s taxes -- such as income items, losses, expenses, real estate transactions, home offices and retirement plans -- are accounted for properly.

Together, the organizer and CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit Tax Guide 1999, create a powerful opportunity to capture a large category of buyers with specialized tax needs.

"Gathering and organizing the right information is the single most critical step in successfully completing a return and one of the most time-consuming," said Bush. "Offering the CD-ROM with the book, increases the product's draw. Rather than shuffling through stacks of paper, the entrepreneur can easily and electronically capture needed information, keep it for reference and update it in future years."

Pricing and Availability

CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit Tax Guide 1999 (ISBN 0-8080-0242-2) is softcover, approximately 350 pages and index. Retail orders, including the accompanying CD-ROM, are available through LPC Group (800-626-4330 or 800-243-0138). The book is priced for retail at $17.95.

About CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit

CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit Tax Guide 1999 is the sixth in a series of CCH Business Owner's Toolkit books dedicated to helping small business owners start, run and grow their businesses. Readers are encouraged to use the always current and up-to-date resources and guidance, including small business advisor Ask Alice, provided on the CCH Business Owner's Toolkit web site at


CCH INCORPORATED, headquartered in Riverwoods, Ill., was founded in 1913 and has served four generations of business professionals and their clients. The company annually produces more than 700 electronic and print products for the tax, legal, securities, human resources, health care and small business markets. CCH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer U.S.

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