First jobs and graduations join another American rite of passage for many young adults: filing taxes for the first time. EA Tynisa (Ty) Gaines hopes to address this milestone with a new book, Tax-ish: Teens 1.0.

“Filing taxes is mandatory to most U.S. citizens [yet] very few receive instructions on how to file a tax return,” Gaines noted in the announcement of the book, adding that Tax-ish “uses basic terms to link the concept of taxes to the regular courses that students take in school.”

Each chapter has a regular class title such as English, Math, Science, History and so on, and links it to taxes in a clear, concise way (and the book’s introduction stresses, is in no way intended as “a complete tax course”). Examples facilitate learning and readers can use quizzes to gauge progress.

The book is available in electronic format for $2.99 at most online retailers.

An quiz on her site also challenges fledgling taxpayers to determine incorrect filing statuses (“Married With Children”), inappropriate tax forms and other subjects.

Gaines owns a virtual and mobile tax and accounting firm in Northern Virginia and teaches tax courses for Northern Virginia Community College and other non-profit organizations. She was recently named EA of the Year by the Virginia Society of Enrolled Agents.

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