InformationYou've done this before, so you don't need us to tell you about the supplies you need to get in before tax season - forms, toner cartridges, coal for the engines - but we will mention that there are two crucial categories that you must not overlook: information to make your staff smarter, and energy to keep them performing.

In the information category, you might consider RIA's Federal Tax Handbook, which covers all of the latest legislation and tax rates, and offers the insights of RIA's experts. The book is well-indexed, so tax preparers can find what they need quickly, and RIA makes the latest developments, updates and guidance available on its Web site.

Price: $64.75; volume discounts available.

Thomson RIA

(800) 950-1216


It doesn't look as if the government is going to get over its silly prejudice against some of the more effective sources of extra energy, so the law-abiding must fall back on that staple of performance enhancement, caffeine.

Fortunately, Shock Coffee has a line of coffee and coffee-based beverages and snacks, including the recently introduced Shock-A-Cino, that are "hyper-caffeinated" - so pumped full of the drug that just looking at the packaging makes us twitchy. But in a good, "Let's plow through this pile of 1040s" kind of way ... .

Price: Contact vendor.

Shock Coffee

(888) 33-SHOCK

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