The Ides of April engenders in many of us a crippling and inescapable sense of anxiety. It’s an understatement to say that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax code is rather opaque, and few of us have the background to unravel its complexities. Walker’s The Confident Indie serves not only to unscramble the rules and regulations but also puts forth creative ways to get the most bang-for-your-buck as a self-employed. Walker covers much ground in great detail, including, among other things, advice on how to complete specific forms and the sort of documentation that is necessary to prove your business expenses.
In her preface, Walker claims that readers have found her book to “read like a novel” (XI). There’s certainly some truth to this characterization: Walker supplements her excerpts from the IRS tax code with light, but edifying, examples featuring Pynchon-esque protagonists like Astrid Astrologer, Ivan Inventor, and P.R. Bernays. Walker’s text, however, is best approached not as a novel, but as a resource book. To read The Confident Indie from cover to cover, as one would a novel, would be overwhelming because of the sheer volume of information. Rather, this book should be a trusty companion that you consult throughout the year as you document your expenses and prepare for tax day.
As with Lee, Walker has developed a robust, frequently-updated website replete with blog posts, tax solutions, and event notifications. Moreover, The Confident Indie is just the first in a series, the second of which focuses on the art of recordkeeping. Despite having not read the second in the series, I might recommend it on the basis of its subject matter alone as I found The Confident Indie‘s brief section on recordkeeping to be the most helpful and relevant.
As I prepared this review, I did, of course, examine other reactions to Walker’s The Confident Indie. My research led me to Amazon, where all, save one, reviewers gave the highest marks to the book. It’s that one 3-star review that catches my attention. While admittedly poorly-versed in the language of business finance and tax code, this reviewer pointed to some minor caveats to Walker’s text that should be kept in mind.
June Walker’s The Confident Indie is available at most major retailers as well as many local booksellers.