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Confusing and not particularly well-written, February 29, 2012

South-Western Federal Taxation 2012 (West Federal Taxation Individual Income Taxes) Individual Income Taxes 2012 PKG available on August 06 2015 from ECampus for 343.51
You can tell that this textbook was written by a bunch of tax guys. Somehow this book manages to do a worse job than the IRS website. I'm also taking Intermediate Accounting and the textbook (Kieso) is much clearer. Part of the problem with this text is that you often can't find the info you need all in one place. Instead, pieces are spread out over the chapter, or in different chapters. Not very helpful when you're trying to do homework problems. I usually end up just Googling the problem.

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The other reviewers are right, it's better to google for answers or use the IRS web site than use this text. The IRS web site is much clearer. This text gives tons of examples that are exceptions to the rules, but does not lay out a clear foundation and structure for the rules. Lots of wordy explanations that could be much shorter and better demonstrated in a table or pictorial form.
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The information is scattered, as already mentioned. The authors will use wordy descriptions of rates instead of straightforward tables of tax rates with comments. As you can imagine, this leads to MANY unintelligible paragraphs. Worse, they often inclued technical exceptions to the rules without adequately demonstrating the standard rates and classifications.You literally have to google to get the standard, underlying rates of each component of the tax system. They are almost always bombarding you with highly technical exceptions to the rules (which one assumes they want you to memorize on the spot).The basic framework of individual tax law is something you will have to learn by working backwards from all the exceptions they throw at you. Maybe this is an highly experimental way to get you to learn by reading multiple sources, but I doubt it. It just seems like these authors have no clue how to teach and put almost no effort into breaking down individual...
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You can tell that this textbook was written by a bunch of tax guys. Somehow this book manages to do a worse job than the IRS website. I'm also taking Intermediate Accounting and the textbook (Kieso) is much clearer. Part of the problem with this text is that you often can't find the info you need all in one place. Instead, pieces are spread out over the chapter, or in different chapters. Not very helpful when you're trying to do homework problems. I usually end up just Googling the problem.
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