If the very notion of a tax audit is enough to trigger an anxiety attack, this 133-page paperback is for you. Keys to Surviving a Tax Audit is one in a series of easily scannable financial guides recently published by Barron's (516-434-3311), at the painless price of $4.95 apiece.

The guide is full of useful information for businesspeople, including sections that spell out how the IRS chooses its audit victims and how to resolve disputes through the appeals process. The style is a bit bland, but given the overheated nature of the subject, that may be a wise choice.

-- Jill Andresky Fraser

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