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Lhhesscpa (talk|edits) said:

22 January 2007
I continue to struggle to find the right nomenclature for linking to or searching for documents within TaxAlmanac. I know that Internal Revenue Code sections are referenced as "sec ..." But what about Treasury Regulations? Is there a list of such references? -- Larry Hess, CPA, Albuquerque, NM - Talk to me

Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

January 22, 2007
Hi Larry:

Instructions for how to link to the primary documents are all listed on the first topic on the FAQ at the very top of the Tax Questions Discussion Forum (and others, but not the "All" forum).

Here are a few pointers:

  • You can link to any TaxAlmanac page by putting the name of the page between two square brackets. The name of the page is the big bold title at the top (This page is Discussion:TaxAlmanac document references. Upper/lowercase important).
  • The full names of the IRC sections follow a format similar to this: "Internal Revenue Code:Sec. 1. Tax imposed". The "Internal Revenue Code:" on the front allows them to be searched independently, and the section and title are listed to provide more meaningful results on searches.
  • Although you could link using the full name, that's cumbersome and you'd have to go look up the full name each time. So instead, we created Quick Link Pages which allow you to link to Sec. 1 or even Sec 1.
  • The full names of the Regs follow a format similar to this: "Treasury Regulations, Subchapter A, Sec. 1.1-1". These page names were selected way back when I didn't know what I was doing, and I am planning to rename them when I upload the new versions of the Regs. When I do that I am plannign to use the format "Regulations:Sec. 1-123.1".
  • Although you could link using the full name, that's cumbersome and you'd have to go look up the full name each time. So instead, we created Quick Link Pages which allow you to link to Reg. 1 or even Reg 1.
  • You can link to most common IRS publications by using the format "Publication 17".
  • You can link to revenue rulings from 1954-current by using the format "Rev. Rul. 78-12" (for those before Y2K) or "Rev. Rul. 2000-1" for the year 2000 or later.
  • To quickly go to an IRC section or a regulation, simply type in "Sec. 123" or "Reg. 1.123-1" in the yellow search box on the left.
  • You can search on any term or section number using the search box, but one limitation is that it will only work for "words" that are 3 characters or longer. So it'll work for "709", but not "23".

If you'd like to use different formats, please let me know! I want to make this easy for you, but you are the experts! I am still learning how all this works, and I may not pick the right syntax.


- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 22:35, 21 January 2007 (CST)

Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

January 22, 2007
Oh, and regarding Treasury Regulations... to do the link, you must start with Reg. and then follow with the number in the format "X.XXX-X", such as "Reg. 1.123-1". You have to have the leading number and the trailing number. If you're citing a subsection of that, such as 1.123-1(a), then you just leave the subsection on the outside of the square brackets as we don't yet have a way to link to a specific spot within a page.

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 22:46, 21 January 2007 (CST)

Lhhesscpa (talk|edits) said:

24 January 2007
Tim --

Why not use the abbreviations that the IRS uses? Here are the ones that are listed in the back of each Internal revenue Bulletin. The only ones I can identify as not listed are those for Internal Revenue Code Section and Treasury Regulation Section, which you already have created. -- Larry Hess, CPA, Albuquerque, NM - Talk to me

B.T.A.—Board of Tax Appeals. C.B.—Cumulative Bulletin. CFR—Code of Federal Regulations. Ct.D.—Court Decision. Del. Order—Delegation Order. ERISA—Employee Retirement Income Security Act. F.R.—Federal Register. G.C.M.—Chief Counsel’s Memorandum. I.R.B.—Internal Revenue Bulletin. Pub. L.—Public Law. Rev. Proc.—Revenue Procedure. Rev. Rul.—Revenue Ruling. S.P.R.—Statement of Procedural Rules. Stat.—Statutes at Large. T.C.—Tax Court. T.D. —Treasury Decision. T.I.R.—Technical Information Release. U.S.C.—United States Code.

Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

January 25, 2007

We do use the abbreviations "Rev. Rul.", "Rev. Proc.", and "T.D." I have been trying to go with standard abbreviations as much as possible.

The Code and Regulations were imported some 20 months ago, back when I knew far less about all of these research materials. That's why the names aren't the best. We've since added Quick Link Pages so they can be quickly referenced here in the discussions. The format of those Quick Links was based upon the most common way that members were referring to them. I don't think I have ever seen anyone type in "U.S.C." for a code section or "CFR" for a regulation though.

I am open to input on this and welcome your feedback! Take a look at User:Tdoyle/Sandbox1 for my personal notes on data import.


- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 20:46, 24 January 2007 (CST)

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