Screenshot of Tax Map website
Who: Internal Revenue Service
What: US Tax Law Research
Overview: Taxmap offers free, on-site searches of tax forms, publications and topics. You can search by specific document type, topic or use more general search terms to find a topic map of a particular subject. Taxmap was designed to assist IRS help center personnel respond to tax questions asked by taxpayers.
- Site use is free, and you’re not required to register or provide personal information.
- The site loads quickly, has a simple, eye-pleasing layout, and is easy to navigate.
- The menus are consistent on every page.
- The databases are organized by topic, for quick keyword searching.
- Linked material includes forms and publications, frequently asked questions and related topics so you can refine your search.
- The on-site search engine offers a simple keyword search, which may return an overwhelming number of hits.
- The site is strictly do-it-yourself document retrieval. You won’t find interpretations of tax law, like those in subscription tax research services.
- The material is taken directly from IRS publications, and you’ll get the answers an IRS help center employee would give, which may not be as useful as you need.
Opinion: Taxmap is a good starting point for research and quick answers, though you’ll want more detailed information if you’re seeking solutions to complex questions.
Taxing Lessons Final Grade: B
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