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CCH Launches Tax Research Consultant: New Resource Is Grounded in Practitioner’s Workflows

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., October 20, 2005) – CCH, a leading provider of tax law information, software and services, has launched the new Tax Research Consultant (TRC) online, combining the best traditional fine-grained research capabilities with new content, new tools and a new “how-to” approach, all in a new clear voice. The product represents a complete overhaul of CCH’s Federal Tax Service and replaces that product in serving tax, accounting and legal professionals with a practice-oriented approach to tax research online (tax.cchgroup.com).

“When we stood back and looked at how we had re-shaped topically-organized federal tax research, we felt that only a new name would do justice to the depth and breadth of the editorial improvements and enhancements,” said Tanya Rose, CCH product manager. “The new name – Tax Research Consultant – sums its role in providing expert insights that get the researcher to end results quickly and easily.”

New Topics and Chapters

Available on the CCH Tax Research NetWork, the Tax Research Consultant adds over 50 new chapters and three new topics. New topics include: Business Stages from Start Up to Termination (12 new chapters); LLCs; and Excise Taxes (9 new chapters).

Existing topics are augmented with new chapters covering banks, filing requirements for retirement plan administrators and executive compensation.

Nearly all topics are now introduced by a “Fundamental Concepts” chapter designed to provide a clear and thorough introduction to the 30 topics covered by Tax Research Consultant.

“The ‘Fundamental Concepts’ are well-written orientations that give users a solid introductory grounding in the topic and save them time by pointing out the key issues right up front,” Rose noted.

New Tools Linked from Explanations

New to the Tax Research Consultant are interactive research aids that go beyond stating the rules to applying them. For example, explanations on like-kind exchanges contain links that lead to a decision tree. By answering a few questions, the researcher can determine whether a client meets the requirements.

Other interactive research aids include:

  • NOLs;
  • Deducting rental residence of vacation homes;
  • Identifying 263A property;
  • Capitalization v. expensing;
  • Identifying MACRS class life;
  • Computer software expenditures; and
  • Cost-benefit analysis of cost-segregation studies.

“We realize that knowing the law is just part tax research,” said Rose. “These tools let practitioners take the next step and apply the rules to their clients’ fact situations, all within the Tax Research Consultant.

Clear Voice, Grounded in Practice

As important as new content and new tools, according to Rose, is the new, clear voice of Tax Research Consultant explanations.

“We worked hard to make sure that the expertise of our outside authors and our editorial staff comes through clearly and cleanly, so discussions are interesting, informative and easy to follow,” said Rose.

The Tax Research Consultant is grounded in practice, so professionals using it can deliver end results for their clients quickly and efficiently. For example, a professional interested in drafting an executive compensation agreement who searches for “compensation agreement terms,” will locate hundreds of hits. The very first one lays out and discusses the common terms used in an executive compensation agreement.

In addition to the explanations in the Tax Research Consultant, subscribers also receive a number of useful and authoritative tools and publications:

  • CCH Election and Compliance Toolkit;
  • IRS Actuarial Factors Finding Tool;
  • Internal Revenue Code and Regulations, with complete CCH legislative history;
  • IRS Publications;
  • Taxes —The Tax Magazine ;
  • CCH Perform Plus II Forms; and
  • Business and Tax Preparation Calculators.

Availability and Pricing

For more information or to subscribe to the CCH Tax Research Consultant, call a CCH sales representative at 1-888-CCH-REPS (1-888-224-7377) or visit tax.cchgroup.com. Until the end of 2005, a one-year subscription is available at the introductory price of $1,490.

About CCH Tax and Accounting

CCH Tax and Accounting (tax.cchgroup.com), based in Riverwoods, Ill., is a leading provider of tax, audit and accounting information, software and services. It has served tax, accounting and business professionals and their clients since 1913. Among its market-leading products are The ProSystem fx® Office, CCH® Tax Research NetWork™, Accounting Research Manager™ and the U.S. Master Tax Guide®. CCH Tax and Accounting is a Wolters Kluwer company.

Wolters Kluwer is a leading multinational publisher and information services company. Wolters Kluwer has annual revenues (2004) of €3.3 billion, employs approximately 18,400 people worldwide and maintains operations across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (www.wolterskluwer.com). Its depositary receipts of shares are quoted on the Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices

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