Comprehensiveness rating: 2 read less
This book needs editing. It focuses on the theory behind tax laws and does not cover the actual issues that tax attorneys or paralegals need to address on behalf of their clients. For example, the amount of text explaining gross income is overboard as this is not a real world issue. The book does not provide a comprehensive view of federal individual income tax issues. Tax credits are barely covered. Also, because the author does not appear to have prepared tax returns, she has entirely skipped covering tax planning advice for individuals that one would be aware of if they understood the details of individual tax returns.
Accuracy rating: 4
The book seems to be well researched in terms of the point the author covered.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 3
Only references to the ACA were up to date. Overall, did not seem to be comprehensively updated.
Clarity rating: 2
Needs significant editing. Also, the book would benefit from a table of contents that broke down each subject covered in the chapters.
Consistency rating: 3
The book is consistent in terms of the "voice" of the author is consistent. That being said, that should not be part of a text book, but more appropriate to a creative writing exercise.
Modularity rating: 2
Each chapter needs to be clearly broken down into smaller parts. I would appreciate a few paragraphs at the beginning of each chapter that addresses what topics will be covered in the chapter.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 2
The author tends to ramble. Topics like capital gains and losses are not explained in a clear and concise fashion.
Interface rating: 3
I did not notice any interface issues.
Grammatical Errors rating: 4
I did not notice grammatical errors.
Cultural Relevance rating: 4
I did not detect any culturally offensive text.
The author is clearly intelligent, but needs an editor with real world experience.