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Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

22 May 2006
TaxAlmanac now has an access point to a wide variety of resources to assist you in performing tax research. Please take a look at:
Tax Research Resources

and let us know what you think. Feel free to add your comments about these pages below. We invite each of you to edit any of these pages to add other links which you are aware of which may be of value to other TaxAlmanac Community Members.

Also, see Topical Articles for an alphabetical list of all topical articles contained on TaxAlmanac.

Thank you!

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator 11:24, 22 May 2006 (CDT)

Special thanks to Dennis for helping to get these pages created!

Bengoshi (talk|edits) said:

24 May 2006
Wow! Thanks for putting this access point together!

LJACPA (talk|edits) said:

24 May 2006
Tim, one of the biggest drawbacks to practicing on my own is the lack of interaction and lack of resource material that is usually too expensive to justify (they don't give breaks just because you're a one person firm vs. a 100 person firm!). This is why I have relied so heavily on this website throughout this past tax season. Unfortunately, though this resource is a kind of one-stop-shop it still is lacking in what I believe is vitally important to research, the explanation/interpretation/examples that you get by using something like PPC Deskbooks, etc. That's what will set this apart. How that would work is another matter. It's great to get others opinions and thoughts, but there's nothing like having the citations, etc. to back those up. Thanks.

Dennis (talk|edits) said:

24 May 2006
The basic concept behind Wiki is not to sit and wait for something to be provided, but to actively do something about it. You don't have to know everything about a subject to start an article. Hopefully someone else will come along and add or edit. Which is not to say there aren't things we can ask for.

It's not all that easy to find things, for example. In addition to the alphabetical index to articles, I wonder whether we can work toward an index of articles by Code section.

Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

24 May 2006
Dennis has the right idea here. Our initial concept was to make this a wiki site so users could add articles on different topics. These articles could start at a very simple level and then grow over time with contributions by different individuals. We seeded TaxAlmanac with a variety of topics, and intentionally kept them at a basic level to allow users to add to them. Unfortunately, we haven't yet seen many examples of users creating or editing these articles. We did see that users wanted to communicate with each other, so that's why we launched the discussion forums, which have been a terrific success. We're hoping that now that a community has formed and visits TaxAlmanac frequently, that users will begin to create the rich and interconnected topic pages that we believe will really be of benefit to everyone.

How can you help?

  • Review the list of topics already on the site via the tabbed pages off of the Main Page (see the links in the white bar near the top of the page), or by reviewing the alphabetical list of Topical Articles.
  • If you see an article that needs work, just click on the edit link at the top and start editing! Don't be shy, and don't worry about making a mistake. I review each edit made to the site, and your peers can always jump in to correct anything.
  • If you don't see a topic that you think TaxAlmanac should have, just start one! Type in the topic name in the search box and when it comes back indicating that the topic doesn't exist, just select the link to create the article. I will see that you have done this and will link it in to index pages, etc.

Is it currently too difficult to add or edit? Tell me how I can make it easier! We're here to enable you to do this.

As far as an index by code section, all of this is possible. I envision links from discussions to related code and regs, links from code and reg sections to other referenced sections, and links from code sections to the discussions about that section. There are many things that we can do with TaxAlmanac to make it a great resource for everyone.

Proposal: Would anyone like to select a topic that we can all jointly work on and see how good we can make it? I think we'd all learn together, and we'd end up with something that would benefit everyone. When we were through, I could add it as a 'featured article' on the main page and we could move on to another topic.

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator 12:05, 24 May 2006 (CDT)

NOTICE to readers:

This discussion has been locked, to protect against vandalism. If you would like to add a link to a research resource or add details on an existing resource, please contact Kevinh5, Trillium, or TDoyle to have the discussion unlocked (or pass along your changes for one of them to make). Feedback comments can also be posted directly to the Feedback Forum.

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Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

3 September 2012
Please take note that the version of the Internal Revenue Code on this site has not been updated since 2007 and should only be used to give you a start in your research. If your research project is of financial importance to a client's tax position, it is recommended that you check other sources to make note of the affected code code changes.

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