Tax Links: Online Tax Resources

With this post, I have adapted an article that I found in Investment Advisor magazine.

The internet is full of resources for those wanting to learn more about taxes. Below is an extensive list of resources (some for a fee) that financial planners and individuals might find useful.

Most people are probably aware of the IRS website. However many people probably don’t know what all it has to offer. The IRS’s Web site provides several resources. For instance, any federal tax form (from 1992 onward) can be downloaded, with accompanying instructions, as well as the IRS’s publications, Treasury Regulations, weekly Internal Revenue Bulletins (IRB), and the audit technique for various businesses. Users can use the IRS Newsstand feature to subscribe to the IRS Daily Digital e-mail newsletter. The IRS Newsroom provides briefings and recommendations on tax-related topics. The IRS’s Web site can also be searched from the U.S. government’s official Web portal, which allows access to other federal agencies’ Web sites.

Fee-based tax research sites available to paid subscribers include the following:

Tax Forums:

  • Taxsites – has a grid of topics for tax, accounting, and payroll issues.
  • Accountants World – is open to anyone, but only members may post questions.

Internal Revenue Code and Regulations:

Information on proposed tax bills in Congress:

Tax-related legislative information pending in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate can be found at the House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee, and the Library of Congress’s “Thomas” legislative portal. Because the two houses of Congress work independently, differences in proposed legislation will be forwarded to the Joint Committee on Taxation for reconciliation. Recent legislative highlights are at tax.cchgroup.com/news/legislation.

Sources that offer access to IRS administrative pronouncements:

Reference resources exist for estate and elder planning:

Websites for state tax information:

Websites for researching tax strategies for investment and business real estate holdings (if seller financing is involved):

Judicial information be research for tax cases:

Professional accounting organizations:

Websites for international tax information:

Law School Libraries:

Information about specific charitable organizations:

Information about asset valuation:

Information about the laws affecting the formation and operation of not-for-profit organizations:

Online tax resources that are available from the Government Printing Office (GPO):

  • The Federal Register – a great place for information on proposed tax regulations from 1994 to the present.

Accounting publications can be read online:

Great websites for tax-related information: