Despite the availability of free searches and materials over the Internet, proprietary online tax research platforms continue to grow.“We [do] use free services such as the IRS Web site and the various state Web sites, and they’re very helpful,” explained Jake M. Bodenheimer, manager in the tax department at Atlanta-based HLB Gross Collins. “And occasionally, I’ll Google something. But you have to have access to the services. If you depend solely on the free sites, you’ll miss something. There’s always something different. You pick up something from one service that you don’t get on the other, and merge the information. We have a complicated society with complicated laws.”

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