Tax Research Takes Hold of the Web
Accounting Technology (09/00) Vol. 16, No. 8 p.50; Alexander, Antoinette

The Internet is becoming a hotbed for new online tax research products that let firms do away with CD-ROM tools, which take up space and become quickly outdated, and allow firms to do research from anywhere at anytime. RIA recently launched its Web-based Checkpoint 3.1, which now includes PDF links for users to view and print electronic newsletters in presentation quality format. Checkpoint 3.1 also has new tabs Headlines, which contain summaries of RIA's newsletters; Warren, Gorham & Lamont (WG&L) Journals Preview, which allows users to preview issues of WG&L journals before they are available in print; and StateNet, which provides daily briefings from RIA partners. RIA plans to roll out Checkpoint 4.0 in December; 4.0 includes a tax thesaurus customized for each practice area, enhanced search functionality, and improved document navigation. CCH offers another online tax research product called Internet Tax Research Network, which features a page that can be customized to include a user's favorite research publications; Tax Tracker News, which is a federal and state news service customized to the user's interest; and research tools and links to other CCH sites and services. Practitioners Publishing is rolling out its new Tax Compliance Library, a Web-based product that contains 10 stand-alone desk books, including 1040, 1041, 1065, Tax Elections, and Payroll Tax. PPC has also developed the Federal Tax Planning Service, which provides income tax planning strategies for all types of clients, including individuals, partnerships, C Corporations, S Corporations, and LLCs. In April, Tax Management, a subsidiary of the Bureau of National Affairs, launched BNA State Tax Library, designed to address state tax planning needs and compliance of tax professionals. This Web service includes searchable analysis of individual state and multi-state tax planning insights.

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