I have dealt with many tax acts in the 30-plus years that I have been in professional publishing. When I worked at a tax publisher, I know tax legislation meant an awful lot of work. In one way or another, I would be involved in assembling the Code-as-amended, analyzing the effective dates, excerpting legislative committee reports, and writing or reviewing analyses. Besides the work, the legislation would almost always seemed to come down at a bad time, usually at the end of the year as Congress was about to adjourn. It was a real pain.

At the time, the tax practitioners that I came in contact with also viewed the legislation as adding to their workload, knowing they would be spending many hours trying to understand the law changes. Besides reading the massive material, many would also attend seminars. I got the feeling they viewed the added work as a natural byproduct of what they do, but a headache nevertheless.

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