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CCH Business Owner’s ToolkitÔ Tax Guide 1999 Provides Small Business Owners With An Authoritative Resource This Tax Season

(Riverwoods, ILL., January 6, 1999) -- CCH INCORPORATED, the leading publisher of professional tax materials, today announced the availability of its latest book for small business owners, CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit™ Tax Guide 1999. Aimed specifically at helping small, single-owner businesses prepare their 1999 income tax returns, the book is bundled with a special CD-ROM designed to help entrepreneurs collect and organize their tax information. The book is available in bookstores nationwide.

"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 Susan Jacksack, a tax attorney and author of CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit Tax Guide 1999. "The guide provides entrepreneurs with the information they need to accurately complete their filings, thereby lowering the possibility of an audit, as well as information on deductions and credits that can help them significantly lower their tax burden."

Comprehensive Help 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;
  • Maximizing 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.

On the Personal Side

While the primary focus of the book is on business-related tax issues, CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit Tax Guide 1999 also includes a complete analysis of individual and family income tax issues. To help demystify the often difficult 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 needed to complete basic tax returns.

Combining Print with Electronic

Included with CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit Tax Guide 1999 is a free CD-ROM tax organizer. The Microsoft® 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.

"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 Jacksack. "Rather than shuffling through stacks of paper, entrepreneurs can use the CD-ROM to 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 available in major bookstores nationwide, via the CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit Book Store (www.toolkit.cch.com), AOL keyword: CCH, CompuServe (Go CCH) or by calling 1-800-248-3248. The book is 400 pages, with softcover. Single copy price is $17.95, plus applicable shipping, handling or tax. Quantity discounts are available.

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. The same team of tax, financial planning and small business experts who have produced this book series are also responsible for developing the acclaimed online service for small businesses, CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit.

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 (www.toolkit.cch.com, AOL keyword: CCH and CompuServe: Go CCH).

About CCH INCORPORATED

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. The CCH web site can be accessed at www.cch.com.

EDITORS NOTE: For a complimentary editorial review copy of Business Owner’s Toolkit Tax Guide 1999, contact Mary Dale Walters at 847-267-2038 or mediahelp@cch.com.

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