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Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

14 December 2006
Couldn't have been that many years ago that we could obtain one free copy of Publication 17. Today I received something from GPO in the mail. That same publication only costs $41 each.

Michaelstar (talk|edits) said:

14 December 2006
At least we can still go to the IRS web site and read it for free.


My real grip is that they stopped the publication of the Package X. Sure I have all of the forms on CD rom with instructions but the Package X was easy. Still have my 2004 issue on the shelf.

Deback (talk|edits) said:

December 14, 2006
But you can read it and/or print it for "free" right here (using your link above) and at the IRS web site.

Michaelstar (talk|edits) said:

14 December 2006
Thanks Tim. You computer guys........  :-}

Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

December 14, 2006
What, what did I do?? I just changed "Publication 17" to "[[Publication 17]]" - easy!

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

14 December 2006
I can read it, Tim, on here or at IRS.gov, but its value to me was being able to pull it out and read to the client in simple language why 'Transfer Tax' on the purchase of a house was not deductible despite what the realtor said, and right from the horse's mouth so to speak. Then I would pass it over the desk to let them see I wasn't blowing smoke. So now I guess I have to spin the laptop around!!!! By the way, Tim, if I link to it from Proseries, my return is no longer on the screen!!!!  :) Michael, I miss the X so much; I had them back thru 1987 until this past, when I threw out 1987-96.

PJLCPA (talk|edits) said:

14 December 2006
Death&Taxes, I don't have Proseries, but I have Lacerte, and think that they are about the same. I had the same problem last year when doing research on the internet, I would lose the tax program. Turns out there is an option in Lacerte that is set to close the tax program when you go to the internet. You need to change that option. I'll try to find/remember where it is and let you know.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

15 December 2006
Tim was the one who pointed this out recently; it comes up in Proseries when you access help and a link is given to a government publication. Click on the link and you arrive here.....if I recall, if you click 'back' you are back in the program. It sounds like Lacerte had this feature a year before they added it to Proseries, which is par for the course!

Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

December 15, 2006
D&T:

Actually, the addition of the links (17,000+ of them!) within the tax content was added to ProSeries this year, and Lacerte doesn't have it yet! The reason is that Lacerte does not contain the same type of tax help. Last year, both Lacerte and ProSeries had links on their help menus to open the main page of TaxAlmanac. This is one case where ProSeries has something that Lacerte doesn't.


- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 18:43, 14 December 2006 (CST)

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

15 December 2006
Thanks for the explanation, Tim.

CrowJD (talk|edits) said:

15 December 2006
D&T, you can still order Pubs. & Forms from IRS site by mail, with no involvement of the GPO.* The quanity is limited that you can order, and as stated, there is no Package X anymore (which is shameful, I think). The items you can order direct from IRS by mail is dwindling every year as we all know. *However, I know exactly what you mean about GPO being involved with this also with their disks and IRS materials, but I always check to see if I can get it direct from IRS by mail first. I personally order some items every year from IRS by mail just to show, in my small way, that there are some of us out here that still prefer to look at something other than a PDF file!

Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

December 15, 2006
D&T:

You mentioned that when you click a TaxAlmanac link from within your tax program that your return is no longer on the screen. Do you mean that the browser window that was opened is now covering up the tax program, or is there something else going on? If it's just the browser, you can always 'de-maximize' the browser window and adjust windows around to have both visible, or toggle between windows.

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 13:45, 15 December 2006 (CST)

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

15 December 2006
I am trying to replicate this from memory and have opened 2006 Proseries. I am on the car and truck worksheet for Schedule C on the business miles line, clicked on 'Govt Instructions Icon' on the Toolbar and the ProSeries Help Center opened with a note that the government 'instructions for car and truck expenses are located in Publication 463' I swear that last time [about a week ago when I first mentioned this] I clicked on the link and Tax Almanac/Publication 463 came up in place of my client's return, but my back button brought me back to my client. Today Tax Almanac opened in a new window, so perhaps I imagined this, but I don't think so. All is well now.

Bengoshi (talk|edits) said:

15 December 2006
From Paul Caron's tax professor blog:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/ " The IRS announced today that it will sell individual income tax return statistics by zip code for $25 per state or $500 for the entire United States:

Statistics from a study covering individual income tax returns classified by zip code and size of adjusted gross income are now available for purchase. The tables include the number of returns filed, number of exemptions, adjusted gross income, salaries and wages, taxable interest, dividends, net capital gains, net profit from Schedule C and F, adjustments to income for payments made to an IRA and Self-employed pensions, total itemized deductions, including charitable contributions deductions, and taxes paid deductions, the alternative minimum tax, income tax before credits, total tax, earned income credit as well as the number of returns prepared by paid preparers. Statistics are based on addresses shown on the returns when filed with IRS."

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

15 December 2006
Hmmm, what won't they sell? I expect them to sell naming rights to their building in DC: perhaps the "Willie Nelson Building."

Will (talk|edits) said:

15 December 2006
Maybe Wesley Snipes, they have already spent the WN money. :)

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

December 16, 2006
Don't you think it's unethical for the IRS to be selling that type of information? It just doesn't seem right to me. Of course, the advertising agencies will snap those up in a minute.

Bottom Line (talk|edits) said:

18 December 2006
Natalie - I agree. Seems unethical to me too. Just what we need - more junk mail!

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