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Investing Blog Roundup: Tax Research Tip (Finding the Applicable Code Section)

In tax-related email conversations, I often encourage people to read the applicable section(s) of the Internal Revenue Code. It’s not the easiest reading on the planet, but when you have a tax question for which you need a truly definitive answer, the IRC is your best bet.

This week, I was asked if I have any tips for finding the applicable Code section for a given topic. I thought that was a great question, especially because the answer is so easy: I just add “IRC section” (without the quotes) to the end of any simple Google query. In my experience, Google usually gets it right on the first try. For example:

  • Roth IRA IRC section
  • American Opportunity Credit IRC section
  • tuition and fees deduction IRC section
  • net investment income tax IRC section
  • Affordable Care Act premium credit IRC section

At least on my browser, the first or second result for each of those searches is the Cornell page with the relevant Code section.

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