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New research tool at the IRS

Just in time for tax season, the IRS has released a new research tool that allows you to research the tax law by topic. This new service - IRS Tax Map - offers a search by topic or by frequently asked tax questions.

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Originally developed to provide better access to tax law technical information for the IRS telephone assistors, the IRS Tax Map is a kind of subject-oriented database. Each subject has a Title Page with links to forms, publications and related topics.

For example, the page on Health Savings Accounts (HSA) has links to all the relevant forms and publications. It also has a list of related topics, such as Contributions to an HSA, Death of an HSA Holder, and Qualifying for an HSA.

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are organized into logical groupings from Filing Requirements to Sale of Trade of Business to Aliens and US Citizens Living Abroad. Each question is answered and links are provided to the relevant publication or form.

If, like me, you've been frustrated trying to find information on the
IRS website

When you didn't remember the IRS publication number, this tool looks very promising. Be sure to bookmark it!

The Grapevine is a biweekly publication of the California Society of Accounting & Tax Professionals providing news and information to accounting and tax professionals. While every attempt is made to provide accurate information, it should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research.

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