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Bender's Federal Tax Service, 20 vols.

Bender's Federal Tax Service (20 vols.), Matthew Bender & Company, 11 Penn Plaza, New York, New York 10001, 1989, paginated by section, $900. Available on CD-ROM.

This new tax reference service is organized by subject, which allows the user to locate a federal tax topic easily. The first volume is a detailed index and the second comprises finding tables, tax tables and other practice aids that help locate information.

Volumes 3 through 10 are divided into 16 major topics and over 300 chapters (written by some 250 tax practitioners). Each chapter contains a detailed analysis of the subject with an explanation of the tax law, application examples and workable solutions to common problems confronting the user. A broad table of contents appears at the start of each major topic with a more concise synopsis beginning each chapter. Separating the table of contents from the chapter synopses, however, makes research somewhat inconvenient.

Each major topic has a current developments section directly following the analysis. This section is numbered differently from the main analysis, which requires the use of a cross reference table to locate the proper section. This, too, is a bit of an inconvenience.

The remaining volumes contain the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, the history of the tax law and Treasury regulations arranged by code section. Having the law and regulations in one place, arranged by code section, is helpful, but publishing them separately from the analyses is a drawback.

An added bonus is the reproductible copies of all the major tax forms and schedules, accompanied by practice aids such as line-by-line applications, charts and tables. This will not substitute for a complete tax forms service, which is needed if a firm is to serve its tax clients adequately.

These volumes provide a welcome alternative for the practitioner who prefers a topically organized service. They can serve as a source for a second opinion in difficult areas and assist code-section-driven researchers with understandable explanations of complex topics.

Jack L. Uris, CPA Abo, Uris & Altenburger Marlton, New Jersey
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Author:Uris, Jack L.
Publication:Journal of Accountancy
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Nov 1, 1989
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