Checkpoint by RIA Featured Spotlight: State & Local Reporters

This is the third post in a four-part series spotlighting Checkpoint by RIA.

Checkpoint’s state and local reporters is a useful resource that allows you to search for tax documents for the fifty states. It includes statutes, explanations, regulations, cases, forms, and a weekly newsletter.

To access this resource for Texas, click the “Home” tab on the top bar. Under the section “My Quick Links” click the link “State & Local Reporters.” Select “Texas” and click “Next.” This feature allows you to select a state, the type of tax, and the type of document you are looking for. Further, this search tool allows you to narrow the results by keywords.

As an example, say a client asks you a trust question: Who pays the income tax, the income beneficiary or the principle beneficiary?

Begin by selecting “Estate & Gift taxes” under the “Select Tax Types” section and “Statutes” under the “Select Document Type” section. Next, under the “Keywords” search box type “income tax,” and click “Search.”

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In our results we can see Texas Property Code Annotated Section 116.205 Income Taxes.

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Selecting the “Income Tax” link will take you to the text of the Texas Property Code Section 116.205, which will allow you to answer your client’s question.

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Access to Checkpoint by RIA database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

Checkpoint by RIA Featured Spotlight: Form/Line Finder

This is the second post in a four-part series spotlighting Checkpoint by RIA.

Checkpoint’s form/fine finder is a practice aid with line-by-line summaries for individual, corporate, partnership, estate, gift, trust, and exempt organization returns. It is a quick and easy-to-use resource to find information on Internal Revenue Services’ forms and lines.

To access the form/line finder, click the “Home” tab on the top bar. Under the section “My Quick Links” click the link “Form/Line Finder.” This will take you to the Form/Line Finder resource. From here, enter the tax year, the form number, and optionally you may enter a form or schedule line number or schedule.

For example, if we wanted to find Form 8863 from 2015—Education Credits for qualifying education expenses—we simply enter “2015” into the “Tax Year” field, “8863” into the “Form Number” field, and click “go.”RIA Checkpoint 4

From the search results we can see the Education Credits form. Click the result to access the resource.

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Checkpoint provides information of the education credits including “choosing which credit to take; choosing not to take either credit,” and cross-references to other Checkpoint resources.

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Access to Checkpoint by RIA database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

Checkpoint by RIA: What is it?

This is the first post in a four-part series spotlighting Checkpoint by RIA.

Thomson Reuter’s Checkpoint by RIA is a tax research system. It includes primary sources such as the Internal Revenue Code, federal tax cases, and Internal Revenue Code rulings and releases.

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Checkpoint also provides editorial materials from RIA, including a variety of helpful resources such as form/line finder, a federal tax handbook, and annotations and explanations for the United States Tax reporter.

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Checkpoint offers current awareness materials such as WG&L Journals and the Federal Taxes Weekly Alert Newsletter.

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Finally, Checkpoint gives the user the ability to make notes, save folders, and flag pages using the icons at the top of the screen.

Access to Checkpoint by RIA database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

 

Legislative Insight Featured Spotlight: Timeline Browse

This is the first post in a three-part series spotlighting Legislative Insight database features.

The Legislative Insight database enable users to trace the development of a public law from its early consideration to its enactment. Through this database, you can search bills, the congressional record, CRS reports, public hearings, and more.

An under-utilized searching tool within the database is the Timeline Browse. The Timeline Browse link is located on the Legislative Insight homepage top menu bar (shown below).

Leg Insight 1The Timeline Browse allows for searches based on broad subject matters–including Education, Immigration, and Water–listing out important acts and related documents in each subject.

Leg Insight 2For example, the Immigration subject timeline spans between 1882, with the Chinese Exclusion Act, and 2006, with the Secure the Fence Act. By selecting “retrieve documents,” you will be re-directed to a pre-filled “Quick Search” form (shown below).

Leg Insight 3A user can then narrow the search results by publication type, date, subject term, or source.


Access to ProQuest’s Legislative Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

NOW ONLINE! Historical Texas Statutes 1879-1960

Historical Texas statutes from 1879 through 1960 are now online. The statutes can be accessed online through the Law Library’s website at http://www.law.ttu.edu/lawlibrary/InternetResources.php. Follow the steps as noted on the screenshot below.  The volumes can be read online or downloaded in PDF format. If you have any questions, please contact the Law Library.

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Scholarly Writing Series Instructions

If your professor requires the Scholarly Writing Series as part of your course, please use the following instructions to successfully complete the series.

1. Login to WestlawNext and click on the link to TWEN:

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2. Once in TWEN, click Add Course:

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3. Add Texas Tech University School of Law’s Scholarly Writing Series:

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4. Once added, go to the course and read the Instructions for Students:

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5. Complete the lectures and quizzes and turn in the information to your professor!

*note if you do not print quiz results and turn them into your professor, your professor will not know that you completed the series.

Regulatory Insight: What is it?

Regulatory Insight is a companion database to Legislative Insight, providing researchers with a platform to facilitate research into U.S. federal administrative law histories from 1936-2015.

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Features include:

  • Access to all notices, proposed rules, and final rules;
  • Results that include all regulatory histories associated with a specific C.F.R. portion or U.S. Code citation; and
  • A compilation of Federal Register “articles” with a direct legal basis in that Public Law.

Access to ProQuest’s Regulatory Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.