Development of tax research tools and the development of an understanding of tax policy issues as they arise in social policy and professional accounting settings.

Oasis Title


Duplicate Credit

Not open to students with credit in ACCT 7730

Semester Course Offered

Offered fall semester every year.

Grading System

A-F (Traditional)


ACCT 5400/7400 and permission of department

Course Objectives

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of tax research. It is designed to: (1) provide a basic understanding of the tax law authorities and tax practice and procedure (taxpayer and tax practitioner penalties, tax practitioner professional responsibilities), (2) provide students with the ability to research basic tax problems using appropriate tax authorities and research services, and (3) enhance students' written and oral communication skills.

Effective analysis, communication, and planning are stressed. Selected code sections and topics are used for illustration.

Topical Outline
  1. Introduction to Tax Research
  2. Tax Research Methods
  3. Tax Research Tools
  4. Overview - Substantial Authority/Communication of Results
  5. Internet-Based Research Services
  6. Statutory Authorities
  7. Administrative Authorities
  8. Judicial Authorities
  9. Written Communications
  10. Oral Communications
  11. Tax Services/Tax Journals
  12. Citators
  13. IRS Audit Process
  14. Ethics and Professional Responsibilities
  15. Preparer Penalties
Syllabi ACCT 7415
Credit Hours 3.0