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Tax Research = Slow

As popular tax research tools, such as BNA and RIA Checkpoint, seemed a bit cumbersome, I was able to draw on my geek powers, acquired while engaged in my hobby (programming PHP, HTML & CSS), to make tax research easier. By creating a custom tax focused search engine using Google, I was able to quickly look up tax codes and relevant citations in a single browser button.

Faster Tax Search

It was so useful, that I began to share it with colleagues and eventually posted a link to it on the Tax Almanac Tax Research Resources page. Since its launch, the search engine has been cited by local tax associations, the University of California Law Library and various other websites. For the past two years, on average there are 700-1000 queries per month. It's really rewarding to see that it continues to help so many!

In the near future, I plan to move the search engine to my website, (it currently just redirects the tax search engine), and add a number of additional features which will help tax researchers get even faster answers to their questions.


As for my background...In 2005 I began working as a consultant out of NYC in the corporate tax arena, dealing primarily with international M&A issues for financial institutions. I found the work to be intellectually demanding (which made it more interesting than most jobs); requiring the ability to interpret statutes written in arcane language while applying them to complex business structures and financial statements. It really helped to hone my focus for long periods of time. Currently in business school focusing on real estate, I previously had no formal tax training, only a B.S. in Economics. The fact that I had the opportunity to work with a fantastic group of highly intelligent and ethical professionals really helped to shorten the learning curve.

Tax Almanac is just what this profession needs; the wisdom of crowds (via the Wiki) is a great tool for navigating the complex and often ambiguous world of tax law.

Jneuenhaus ...The contributor formerly known as, User: Jn (must've forgot I already had a profile at some point!)

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