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We are very interested to hear what you have to say about TaxAlmanac! We want to understand your needs and suggestions better so we can deliver the best experience possible. Please add your comments and questions below. Be sure to sign your posts with either '~~~~' or using the "Your Signature" button. Please add new comments at the top.

Thanks!


Actually, if our questions/comments/feedback could show up in one color and answers/comments from the TaxAlmanac team show up in another color that would distinguish the flow of information and improve readability and participation on this site as it grows. --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 07:35, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

Good Day, Mr. Gillaspy! Does the blue font help? Thank you for the feedback! TMeeker 14:05, 20 May 2005 (CDT)


Is there any way to make the lines in between the questions/comments here a different color to better help the read know where one stops and another starts. As you know, there will be a mass quantity of info growing on this site and it will be less overwhelming if the content is more distinguished from other content. --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 07:22, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

I believe Tina addressed this already, by making the answers/comments a different color. I was unable to make the lines a different color. HTML code did not seem to suport this change. I will keep you posted If I find out otherwise. Thanks again for your help on making this site a better place. --JohnJ 14:38, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

It's possible to make a 'psuedo-line' with a different color using tables:

{| width=100%
|-
|height=2 style="background: #00ffff"|
|}

--MHart 16:44, 20 May 2005 (CDT)


To me User Page and User Talk kind of confuse me on the intent for each. Can User Page be changed to "Bio Page" to help distinguish the two?--Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 06:52, 27 May 2005 (CDT)

This site is powered by MediaWiki, so the title of these pages will probably not be changed. This is the same format used by other Wiki websites, so hopefully some users will already be familiar with it. Once most users create, or add to their user page, it may be more obvious to use "discussion" to post a note. I have noticed other users mixing them up, but hopefully it will straighten itself up. Thanks again. --John Jones 11:50, 27 May 2005 (CDT)


Do you want me to refer more users during your beta period? If so, directly to this site, or to somewhere else?

UPDATED: Great question! If you have friends and associates that you think would be interested in participating, we encourage you to send them directly to TaxAlmanac. We truly appreciate your interest in helping to grow the community. Jwolfe 16:41, 20 May 2005 (CDT)


I don't know if I would like it better but is there anyway to get the most recent feedback to float to the top and push the older ones below so you don't have to scroll down a window to find new feedback? The new feedback is automatically in front of you and the old feedback which you have probably already read is buried below. --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 07:55, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

When adding new feedback, post it at the top. That will put the most recent posts at the top, and also save you from having to scroll down when editing/creating the post as well. If the feedback page seems to become cumbersome feel free to ask questions at TaxAlmanac@intuit.com or send feedback directly to Feedback@taxalmanac.orgThanks again --JohnJ 15:34, 20 May 2005 (CDT)


We can't do this automatically today, but it sounds like a good policy. I'll throw a note at the top of the page asking users to do this. Thanks. Jwolfe 20:23, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

When editing any portions of text you have to highlight the text first and then click on an edit button. After this the text becomes unhighlighted. Is there any way to keep the wording highlighted in case you wanted to click on another edit button and change the same wording by the 2nd editing? --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 07:18, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

Once you're on an edit page you can edit text by highlighting it and clicking the shortcut edit tabs at the top. You do need to re-highlight the text to make additional edits on the same text. All the above edits can also be made manually without highlighting at all, this may save time once you're more familiar with each edit. Thanks for your question, and have a great day. --JohnJ 13:55, 20 May 2005 (CDT)


I'd like to jump in here. I think we're mixing up the edit tab and the shortcut formatting buttons (bold, italic, link etc). I believe the original question was about the shortcut buttons. Playing around, I noticed that Internet Explorer seems to retain the highlight, but FireFox does not. It seems to be a browser issue. I'd like to hear from users after a little time to learn if this is a significant usability issue. Jwolfe 20:13, 20 May 2005 (CDT)


Is there any way to have a section listing all the people who have set up an account with TaxAlmnac? I would like to be able to click on a button and jump to an alphabetical list of everyone with an account so that I could go to the J's, find George Johnson, click on his name, go to his user page or bio page, find out about him and then be able to click on "Email this person" if I want to send him a message off list or type up something publicly on his UserTalk page.--Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 06:48, 27 May 2005 (CDT)

Mr. Gillaspy, I agree that it would be nice to be able to jump right to a list of user names that start with a particular letter of the alphabit. Currently you have to click on "User list" (located under Special pages), then scroll down to the disired section of the alphabit. However, This appears to be a limition of MediaWiki. I do agree this would be helpful. These Feature Requests are being considered as we move through the Beta process, and we will make helpful changes when we can. Thanks again, and have a great day. --John Jones 10:41, 27 May 2005 (CDT)

On this page, and others on this website, it would be nice if each request/comment/suggestion/etc. were numbered so that you can more easily figure out the quantity of items you are dealing with OR be able to refer to them more easily. For example, you might be able to refer someone to Feature #8 so they could quickly go to number 8 and start reading it. Otherwise, they would have to start counting and at times you might not know whether to count from top to bottom or from the bottom up.--Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 22:43, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

Mr. Gillaspy, judging from the number of posts that have already shown up, you appear to be correct. Certain pages will become difficult to navigate as content is added. This concern and others like it, were hurdles we hoped to identify and resolve in the BETA site. As you can already see, the Tax Almanac Developers have been diligent with providing updates to make the site easier to navigate, though it does appear that we need to identify some way to do what you suggest. Unfortunately, as is the case with Seaching for Phrases, there are certain limitations on what the "wikimedia" environment will allow. There is not a way to FORCE users to accept a number or identifier, we can suggest that they do so, but when not done that would create various navigational issues. My best suggestion currently is simply to try to put some Header or Identifier at the beginning of the item. RFowler 11:59 a.m., 23 May 2005 (CST)


Get rid of "A Free Online Resource" under logo so users realize if they click on logo it goes to main page.

We are likely to keep this TaxAlmanac "tag line" as we want to use it to further reinforce what TaxAlmanac is all about - a free online resource. BAndrews 22:04. 21 May 2005 (CDT)

Need to tighten up main page. Should not need to keep scrolling vertically on main page.

We're actively working on making the front page a better landing spot. Keep coming back and watching for changes to see what we come up with! Thanks. Jwolfe 20:57, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

Contents

Contributions of Others?

Is there any way to see another person's contributions grouped together like "my contributions" are for me? --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 06:55, 27 May 2005 (CDT)

If you go to the "User page" of another user, look under "toolbox" on the left side of the screen. Then click on "User contributions". Hope that helps. --John Jones 11:28, 27 May 2005 (CDT)

Watch Tab

The tab "watch" which changes to "unwatch" when you have a page on "watch" will automatically change the status of the page just by clicking the tab. That is quick and easy and good once you know it is automatically going to do it when you click on that tab. The very first time you click on it though it is a concern that you may have done something wrong or did something you really didn't want to do. This happened to me when I was navigating around learning about the site. I had this feedback page on my watch list and thought I would click on the "unwatch" tab to find out more about what was behind it. When I clicked it the feedback page was automatically taken off my watch list. So now that I know what it does, it is quick and easy. Little scary that first time. I wonder if a pop up window could appear asking if you really want to watch/unwatch this page. Have a box to check on the pop up window that you can check once you are used to it so that the pop up window/message never appears again. This site is already overwhelming if you are not used to it and it will get much larger. Every conceivable step needs to be taken to make this more user friendly so that this can grow into hundreds of thousands of users and not just thousands. --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 07:50, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

Good catch. You're certainly right about making the site easy to use. Thanks for the comments. Jwolfe 20:23, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

Desktop Icon

Need to be able to have Place ICON on desktop feature that uses Tax Almanac logo.

Great suggestion! Try it now. Drag the new icon from the address bar, favorites menu, or link bar onto your desktop. Jwolfe 20:57, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

Email Notifications

TaxAlmanac needs a way to automatically send an email message to my email inbox when something on the site has changed, or my watchlist is effected, or maybe just a daily summary of what is in the "Tax News". Something to get people plugged in and thinking about TaxAlmanac. It reaches out and touches us so we don't forget it is there. Of course, this would only be activated if the user set their prefences to do this. --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 07:08, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

This is something we're been looking into. Seems like a great idea. Thanks. Jwolfe 20:57, 20 May 2005 (CDT)
Actually MediaWiki version 1.5 now in ALPHA testing is supposed to have this emailing capability!!!! --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 09:35, 30 May 2005 (CDT)
We are monitoring the progress of MediaWiki releases closely. Thanks. --Jwolfe 18:43, 9 Jun 2005 (CDT)

Search Improvements

When performing a search how do I get the site to look for a phrase rather than each word in the phrase? For example, when I type in COST SEGRAGATION the search hits everthing containing COST and everything containing SEGREGATION. I want hits only on the items that contain those words together and back to back. --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 06:51, 23 May 2005 (CDT)

Unfortunately, this is a limitation of this type of site. There is no method for searching for a phrase. As you discovered, the search will display results containing all words entered in the search box. --Alowrie 8:56, 23 May 2005 (CDT)
Searching on TaxAlmanac has been improved! The search results are now much cleaner and easier to read. We now support exact phrase searching and other enhancements. For more information, see TaxAlmanac:Searching. Jwolfe 13:23, 13 Sep 2005 (CDT)

Subject Questions

Rather than ask a question I would like to post somewhere on this site that I will take questions on a particular subject. Where/how would I do that? For example, I'm very knowledgable on the subject of minister/clergy taxation which is a whole different ballgame then from taxes for the average taxpayer. Is this possible? --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 07:31, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

Good Day, Mr. Gillaspy. Great idea! Why not contribute an article on the subject of minister/clergy taxation? At the end of the article, you could encourage others to ask you questions on the article's Discussion page. If you need any assistance with creating an article, please feel free to email us at TaxAlmanac@intuit.com or check out the Help Page. Thank you! TMeeker 14:15, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

Posters should identify themselves

People who post questions & replies to same should be required to identify themselves - at least by name, city & state (credentials such as CPA or EA also would be helpful).

Larry Hess, CPA Albuquerque, NM 505-883-3060

Thank you for the feedback, Larry. Currently we do not enforce signatures when editing pages or articles. I'm not sure if this is a limitation of the site. You can view who has contributed to the page by clicking the History tab. The History page lists the users who have contributed to the page. If I can be of any further assistance, please feel free to ask me questions on my User Talk Page. Again, thank you for your contribution to the TaxAlmanac website. Tina Meeker 12:25, 26 May 2005 (CDT)

Tab Colors

On this screen I am looking at "tabs" at the top with one word on them which are: article, discussion, edit, history, move & watch. They are all blue except discussion which is red. What is the meaning of red versus blue coloring of the words? --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 07:13, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

The tabs at the top and internal links (like ones to an article or your user name above this post) are automatically color coded. They show up red if they are new and don't exist yet. Red links will take you directly to an edit page to make it easier to get started on a new article. After they've been saved one time, they will turn blue to show you they exist. Thanks for your post. Jwolfe 10:17, 20 May 2005 (CDT)

Special pages should be alphabetized

The listing of "Special pages" should be alphabetized. --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 06:50, 26 Jul 2005 (CDT)

I agree - they should be alphabetized. The ordering on this page is done in the underlying MediaWiki software and is not something that can be easily edited like most other pages. It appears that the Special Pages listing is now sorted on Wikipedia and I suspect it's because they're using a more current version of MediaWiki. We are currently working to upgrade versions, and I suspect this issue will be resolved when that has been completed. Thanks again for your input - we appreciate it! --Tdoyle 08:28, 26 Jul 2005 (CDT)
Sorting of the special pages was implemented some time back, but I just noticed that we never updated this page to reflect that. Tdoyle 10:26, 18 Oct 2005 (CDT)

Uploading files such as Word, Excel, etc.

Can we and if so how do we upload files for others to look at on this site? --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 08:21, 6 Aug 2005 (CDT)

Inserting a Copyright symbol on any posting

How can a Copyright symbol be placed on any postings? For instance, if I wanted to add the "c" with a circle around it after the word "QuickBooks" on my user page. --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 08:30, 6 Aug 2005 (CDT)

You can add a copyright symbol © by entering "©" on any page. Note that you need to have the leading ampersand and the trailing semi-colon for it to work properly. This functionality isn't wiki-specific - this is a feature of HTML. Let me know if you have any problems with it.
Tdoyle 09:40, 6 Aug 2005 (CDT)

Advanced Search Options

It would be nice to click one box and have it select all the options available in the advanced search options. --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 18:06, 12 Aug 2005 (CDT)

An advanced search feature is on our list of improvements. Stay tuned! Tdoyle 10:27, 18 Oct 2005 (CDT)

Page Count of Topics / References

All:

First, let me thank Intuit for creating and sponsoring TaxAlmanac.org; this is a wonderful idea. I hope it continues its current traction rate. Now to business:

The home page states, "We are currently working on 8011 pages of tax topics & references." I find this a bit misleading since many of the topics have just been thrown out there with a request for the community to supply content.

I would suggest that the home page split this into three pieces:

 1) Number of topic "content" pages that actually have community-member content;
 2) Number of topic "description" pages that need community-member content; and
 3) Number of reference pages.

The total number of pages could still be listed along with its current link to the statistics page. Each of the three detailed numbers could link to a table of contents. Alternatively, they could be linked to the "Find Information" page with further links to a table of contents. I assume (but could be wrong) a script could be written that would automatically move a topic description page to the topic content area as soon as community-member content was added.

This would give a better idea to community members of what needs to be edited versus what needs to be created. Additionally, it would have the advantage of reducing the time a member spends "doing what they want to do". For example, if I want to research a topic, I do not want to spend time clicking on topics for which there is no content.

Thank you for your consideration.

Regards,

Peter 10:56, 9 Sep 2005 (CDT)

 ???'s

This site sounds like a great idea, but so far it is not working for me. I enter a search and get forwarded to a long list of "topics". Well, I could have spent the day reviewing that list on my own. No help. I keep spending time looking for a question I entered - finally found it. So far, it is not user friendly to me. Sorry. I'll play with it again, I'm sure, but the frustration level exceeds the usefulness. Gary 11:16, 13 Sep 2005 (CDT)

Gary - I'm sorry that TaxAlmanac hasn't met your needs. The site is still in beta, and we would very much love to know what we could do to improve it. I've sent you an email asking you to contact me as I'd love to discuss this with you and better understand what we could do to improve the site. If you didn't receive the email I sent to you, please contact me at TaxAlmanac@intuit.com.
Thank you,
Tdoyle 13:39, 13 Sep 2005 (CDT)

Internal Revenue Code

I think making the Internal Revenue Code available is a great idea. However, the version that you have posted is out of date.

www.irs.gov has a current version available. Perhaps you could post a link to their site:

http://www.irs.gov/taxpros/article/0,,id=98137,00.html

  • Thanks for the feedback. TaxAlmanac's version of the Internal Revenue Code is actually more current that that published by the IRS. The copy of the Internal Revenue Code made available by the IRS is current only through January 22, 2002. You can verify this using the IRS link above. The IRS's out-of-date copy of the Code is also occasionally reposted on other websites. TaxAlmanac offers the only free, up-to-date copy of the Internal Revenue Code that we are aware of. We continually update the copy of the Internal Revenue Code posted on TaxAlmanac and will continue to do that as legislation that is currently pending becomes law. Toby Joplin 09:38, 27 Sep 2005 (CDT)

Research by Code Section

Is this available? Key word searches are fine, but subject to interpretation of what is the "key word." I don't have time to search endlessly to find a specific code section for which I need information.

  • Yes, you can search by code section. For example, to search for Section 168 (Accelerated Cost Recovery System), you would simply place quotation marks around your search phrase, e.g. "Section 168" in order to search for articles that contain that phrase. You can learn more tips and tricks for searching by clicking on the small Help link next to the Search box. We are continually looking for ways to improve our Search functionality so that is even more useful for you. Please continue to send us your suggestions! Toby Joplin 09:49, 27 Sep 2005 (CDT)

pulse survey

Lacerte News Vol 24 discussed a pulse survey. I can't find it on the web site. Is it completed or am I just not looking in the correct place??

Go to "Main Page", right side, 1/4 of the way down from the top. --Gregg Gillaspy, CPA, CFP 22:52, 26 Sep 2005 (CDT)

system feedback

I think the new discussion forum is going to be awesome. Mike D.

What am i doing wrong?

What am I doing wrong?

I posted a question and apparently have some responses, but have clicked and clicked and clicked and cannot find my original post or any responses. I also received an email and tried to click on the links and just came in to the welcome page. It must be easier than I'm making it!LJACPA 09:19, 14 November 2005 (CST)

Log in, then click "my contributions". The link is at the very, very top of the screen, next to "log out". This shows every post you have ever made. JasonSpiro 18:49, 28 April 2006 (CDT)

Emails

I have tried to turn off the email function unsuccessfully. I do not need my inbox inundated. How do I turn this off so that it stays off?

Daughter in Military

I have a 20 year old daughter who is attending college and is also in the active military. Am I able to claim her as a dependent?

Perhaps a better place to ask your question is in the Discussion Forum. Cheers, JasonSpiro 18:49, 28 April 2006 (CDT)
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