(In addition to reviewing the information on this official TouchTax site, please also see the excellent review of TouchTax by iPhone J.D.)
UPDATE COMING FOR APPLE iPAD AND iPHONE IN FEBRUARY 2013
TouchTax provides easy and affordable access on your Apple iPad or iPhone, Google Android Phone or Tablet (Barnes & Noble Nook planned in Fall 2012), Amazon Fire Tablet, HP/Palm TouchPad Tablet or Phone and BlackBerry Playbook to all sections of the latest edition of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), the Treasury Regulations set forth in Title 26 of the Code of Federal Regulations (the Regulations) and the Internal Revenue Bulletin (starting with July 2003). TouchTax replaces your physical copies of the Code, Regulations and Internal Revenue Bulletins with electronic versions that are always up-to-date, while giving you some frequently requested advanced features making it easy to read and manage the law. The idea for TouchTax arose from the need for a quick method to look up tax sections on the go. It was not, initially, intended to replace physical editions, but has now developed into an ideal replacement, as you will hopefully notice.
Click here to see all Internal Revenue Code sections included in TouchTax.
Click here to see all Treasury Regulation sections included in TouchTax.
TouchTax is available as versions 3.0.1 for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod), 3.0.1 for Android phones and tablets, 3.0.1 for BlackBerry PlayBook, and 2.4.0 for HP/Palm TouchPad tablets. Here is some recent positive feedback from users:
“I love the app!” - Real customer testimonial
“Your program helped me get an A in my income tax law class for law school! Thank you for such a great quality product!” - Comment via TouchTax Facebook page
“I purchased this for 150 usd less than my statutory text. It was awesome, really easy to use and search. A great value for the money.” – Apple iTunes Store feedback of June 2012
“I learned about this nifty app when one of our blog readers brought it to my attention.” – Intaxication Tax Buzz with a Twist blog available here
“Excellent tax resource. Leave your tax code and regs at home and take this app with you. Good notetaking features and Internal Revenue Bulletin lookup feature is also included.” - BlackBerry App World feedback of October 2012
“It’s been a useful App so far, it was easy to use and affordable. Always up to date, while giving you some advanced features making it easy to read and manage the law.” – webOS Nation feedback of November 2012
“I want to thank you for such a wonderful app. It works great on my Galaxy Tab 10.1.” – User feedback of January 2013
“This is a superior tool that’s so practical.” – User feedback of December 2012
Sources for Internal Revenue Code and Regulations
The Code and Regulations incorporated into TouchTax are full version electronic adaptations of the official law published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives, the Treasury Department and the U.S. Government Printing Office. The Internal Revenue Bulletins in TouchTax are based on the official bulletins published weekly by the Internal Revenue Service. As of October 2012, TouchTax contains the latest publications of the Code (current through April 5, 2012) and Regulations (current through April 1, 2012). TouchTax is updated weekly to include each weekly edition of the Internal Revenue Bulletin. According to the U.S. Government Printing Office, the Code is expected to be updated again in May 2013, and the Regulations should receive an official update in June 2013. TouchTax is expected to be updated again as soon as these new versions of the Code and Regulations are made available. Updated will be posted to the Apple iTunes (iPad and iPhone), Google Android Market, Amazon Android App Store, HP/Palm App Market and the BlackBerry App World market in the form of future application updates.
Where to Download
TouchTax is available online for between $1.99 and $4.99 (depending on device type) – a low price considering the professional features of the application. There are few comparable applications available in this category, and most competing applications require separate, expensive, application purchases for the Code and Regulations. Support for TouchTax is provided online at this Web site (http://www.touchtax.com) and via email at email@example.com. I look forward to receiving your feature requests. Most features in this current version of TouchTax result from user comments and feedback.
TouchTax includes the ability to load and read all 7,700+ sections of the Code and Regulations offline without the need for an Internet connection. TouchTax also includes full keyword search of the Code, the Regulations and all Internal Revenue Bulletins (since 2003). Searching is available based on exact keywords as well as natural language relevancy hits. TouchTax also permits you to add individual notes to Code and Regulation sections and to email entire Code or Regulation sections along with your notes. If you have access to an HP printer with wireless networking, you can also use TouchTax to print a Code or Regulation section. TouchTax also has a bookmark feature, permitting you to bookmark frequently referenced sections, as well as other relevant links, including a link to lookup IRS tax forms. TouchTax includes tables of content for both the Code and Regulations identifying all Code and Regulation sections available for viewing.
The Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB), which was first printed in 1919, is a weekly publication of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service that announces “official rulings and procedures of the Internal Revenue Service and for publishing Treasury Decisions, Executive Orders, Tax Conventions, legislation, court decisions, and other items of general interest.” TouchTax provides up-to-date access to all IRBs since July 2003. This includes Revenue Rulings, Revenue Procedures, Treasury Decisions, Announcements, Notices, and more.
If you enjoy using TouchTax, please consider leaving positive feedback in the application market. Read “Getting Started” for more information on how to get started with your Code and Regulation reading using TouchTax.*
* Note: The features described above and in “Getting Started” refer to TouchTax version 2.0 and above. Access to the Internal Revenue Bulletins is available in versions 3.0 and above. Printing is available on HP/Palm webOS devices only. Full screen mode is not needed for Android devices.
TouchTax is a product of Com-Lab (Mobile), Denver, Colorado. Copyright 2012 Com-Lab (Mobile) – Matthias M. Edrich. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for licensing opportunities.