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Skhyatt (talk|edits) said:

21 March 2006
Wondering if anyone uses CCH Essentials. Wondering how it compares to RIA Checkpoint and some of the others. Not sure if that is an apples vs apples comparison.

Mtmckeecpa (talk|edits) said:

21 March 2006
Skhyatt,

I use PPC products and find them to be excellent.

WillyB (talk|edits) said:

21 March 2006
RIA Checkpoint is excellent. Not sure what is included in CCH Essentials, so may not be apples to apples.

Skhyatt (talk|edits) said:

25 March 2006
Am trying out RIA Checkpoint. So far I'm impressed.

LJACPA (talk|edits) said:

25 March 2006
I came from a firm that used all three and finally settled on PPC as the general consensus dictated. I long for the time when I can afford to subscribe to PPC in my little office. The time is coming soon as I must consolidate my research efforts and I too think PPC is excellent.

WillyB (talk|edits) said:

25 March 2006
I think RIA is more authoritative. But PPC is great for preparers because it has lots of examples and filled-in forms that cover most of the usual and many unusual cases that a preparer comes across. As an example, various services will tell that S corporation distributions in excess of SH basis is gain to shareholder, but how to show that on the filing forms? PPC covers that succinctly and directly, with all the variations also covered. For a treatise discussion of a subject or issue, BNA cannot be beat.

Skhyatt (talk|edits) said:

25 March 2006
Isn't PPC now able to connect to the same "checkpoint"? I'm pretty sure it is, such as their 1040 Deskbook product. Of course, aren't they all owned by the same Company? Willy, do you use any PPC products linked to checkpoint?

WillyB (talk|edits) said:

25 March 2006
All my PPC products are old fashion.. either paper or on CD. But alot of these products are cross linked now. BNA content is now on checkpoint.

Actionbsns (talk|edits) said:

18 September 2007
I'm looking at research products and new tax software for the coming year. I've downloaded the Ultra Tax CS trial program and the Drake sample program. I have a really good, challenging client to enter returns in and determine which I like best. Ultra Tax offers a link to RIA Checkpoint, but you need a subscription to actually access the data base. Drake says it offers a subscription to RIA checkpoint along with the purchase of the software. I asked one of the reps in Orange County last week if it was a real subscription or if it was a connection to the actual RIA Checkpoint website and access to it. That person said it is an actual subscription. Now I'm looking at the RIA Checkpoint website, have read through this commentary, and find that this is costly software, so to have it made a part of the Drake software is a definite advantage. Kevin, you mentioned last month that you are using Drake, do you have this subscription as well as part of the purchase? It may very well be a special attraction for newbies. Any comments? I'd like to know what I should be asking when I talk to the sales rep to be sure I'm not disappointed if I go that route.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

18 September 2007
To tell you the truth, I have never used the research services provided free through Drake because I have always found everything I needed faster by looking at the material I have taught. I'll remember that in 1999 we discussed a particular topic, so I will get out my text from 1999. I can remember it was 1999 because I will remember what cities I was in when I taught a subject. My mind works strangly that way.

Bushmaster (talk|edits) said:

19 September 2007
You may laugh, but Google can not be beat!! There is another site called Tax Alamanac that's not half bad either.

We just consolidated all of our stuff to PPC. Not only did we get a pretty deep discount, I find its easier to use than BNA. Checkpoint, Smart Aids, and E tools are pretty good.

CrowJD (talk|edits) said:

19 September 2007
I use TaxAnalysts OneDisc www.taxanalysts.com For heavy duty, basic reserach. The price is extremely reasonable.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

19 September 2007
I used to get One Disc also, then found that ProSeries Library duplicated it.

Will (talk|edits) said:

19 September 2007
Does anyone out there use the Lacerte Research Library and care to comment on it?

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