Tax and accounting software and products provider CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business, has agreed to acquire ATX/Kleinrock, a provider of tax preparation and research materials. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.ATX/Kleinrock, headquartered in Rockville, Md., supplies tax preparation, accounting and tax research software products to more than 48,000 tax professionals and CPAs throughout the country.

The acquisition will help CCH penetrate a market that was not suited for its ProSystem fx Tax application. It's an audience filled with preparers who work with less specialized tax returns than those who need to use ProSystem.

"There is a market down here that we've never been able to serve with our product line," said CCH president and chief executive Kevin Robert, in a conference call announcing the deal. Robert noted that the company will also adapt a number of its non-tax products for the ATX/Kleinrock operations, which will continue to function as a separate unit.

The tax prep arena will continue to operate under the ATX name, while the tax research side will continue to function under the Kleinrock brand.

ATX/Kleinrock was owned by UCG, a portfolio of business and professional publishing companies that provide guidance, information, analysis, data and solutions to their customers. ATX/Kleinrock has almost 300 employees and annual revenues of approximately $40 million.

At press time, the acquisition, the second for CCH since March, was expected to close within 30 to 60 days.

Five months ago, CCH bolstered its paperless workflow process with the acquisition of a pair of automation tools from Bradenton, Fla.-based DocuMatters.

Included in the transaction were BOCDIP, an automated document identification tool, and paperless workflow solution PDFlyer.

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