Every tax professional relies on books and software to provide up to date information on tax laws, accounting issues, and quick access to IRS forms and publications. Here's a roundup of the best tax reference guides and accounting software that every tax office needs.
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If you don't have it, you need it. In over 800 pages, this handbook covers all the essential tax laws. Provides in-depth details on the taxation of individuals, corporations, S corporations, partnerships, trusts, estates, tax-exempt organizations, and gift taxes. Excellent binding and paper, so highlighting won't bleed through, and the binding won't crack. (Hint: you can find prior year editions of the MTG at a deep discount at various booksellers.)
I think at least one copy of the Code and Regs needs to be in every office. Electronic versions of the Code are great, because they make finding information easy. However, electronic versions are constantly updated. What if you need to look up information from a previous year? That's why I always keep a print version of the Code in my office and never throw it out. I prefer RIA's one-volume binding. Here's the links to the Code from RIA
TheTaxBook is an all-in-one quick reference guide to individual and business taxes. TheTaxBook Deluxe version includes essential information for C corporations, S corporations, partnerships, and estates. Tax Book Deluxe covers the same information as two Quickfinders (a competing quick reference product), at a lower cost. The authors provide useful commentary, highlighting practical strategies you can use everyday.
The IRS and the NTIS publish an annual compilation of IRS forms and publications on one handy CD-ROM. It's IRS Publication 1796, and costs $35. You can sometimes pick up a copy for free at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums. I don't think the user interface is as intuitive as their paper publications, but again this is mostly a purchase for the future, when you need to download a tax form but don't have access to the Internet.