CCH, Aspen Publishers Join Forces With TAX.CCHGROUP A New Generation For The Internet,
For Tax And Accounting Professionals
Tax.CCHGroup Focuses on Integrated, Collaborative
That Supports Way Professionals Work, Serve Clients, Manage Practice
New CCH ClientRelate is Powered by CCH Tax Research +
ProSystem fx® Tax
Miller Accounting, Audit Guides Now Available Online
(RIVERWOODS, ILL., October 10, 2001) CCH INCORPORATED (CCH) said today that
it has joined with its sister company Aspen Publishers, Inc. to create an integrated and
comprehensive Destination Site designed specifically for tax and accounting professionals
in North America. Tax.CCHGroup (http://tax.cchgroup.com)
combines the substantial resources of the CCH Federal and State Tax Group, CCH Tax
Compliance and Aspen to facilitate the changing way accounting, legal and financial and
estate planning professionals are working, serving their clients, generating practice
revenue and managing their businesses.
The first phase of the new site went live this week with a comprehensive selection of
information, software, tools and marketing resources from the three Wolters Kluwer
companies and with plans for substantial enhancements over the next couple of
Tax.CCHGroup includes long-valued CCH research and news services, as well as new
products, tools and features, such as CCH® ClientRelate, CCH
InternetSM Tax Research NetWork Mobile and an expanded online
store that includes both expert and authoritative CCH and Aspen products for tax and
accounting professionals, tax attorneys and financial planners.
"Tax.CCHGroup represents a clear and better vision for the Internet and for
tax and accounting professionals," said Becky Hensley, president and CEO, CCH U.S.
Publishing. "No other Internet site can exceed the breadth and depth of the leading
provider of federal, state and international tax law information; the market-leading tax
compliance and accounting software for CPAs; valued financial and estate planning software
and tools; expert treatises; and the best-selling accounting guidance available
"Most critical," said Gene Landoe, president and CEO, CCH Tax Compliance,
"is the decision over the next couple of years to seamlessly integrate this extensive
body of knowledge with compliance, workflow and planning tools that will create a
supportive, collaborative environment between the firms colleagues and
A Destination Site
The launch of Tax.CCHGroup represents the first step toward creation of a
Destination Site, where multiple professional and client needs are met in one high-value,
easy-to-navigate, secure environment.
"A Destination Site is superior to a portal, which typically sends the
professional down multiple paths to locate resources, primary information and stand-alone
services," said Martin Bush, CPA, vice president of Business Development for Tax and
Accounting, Wolters Kluwer North America. "Our goal going forward is to provide a
more collaborative and supportive environment where information, software and work tools
are integrated with each other and become a seamless support system for providing
compliance and planning services, client communication and practice management."
A Strong Foundation
Tax.CCHGroup is organized around five categories that typically make up the
activities conducted by tax and accounting professionals. As the site is expanded, all
applications, online products and tools will reside within these categories.
- Tax Research
- Tax Preparation
- Accounting and Audit
- Practice Management
With its October debut, the site incorporates CCHs highly regarded online
research service, the CCH Internet Tax Research NetWork (CITRN)
previously available at tax.cchgroup.com. CITRN is the countrys most comprehensive
collection of authoritative research materials combined with advanced and superior search
functionality and helpful work, practice and planning tools. TRN includes an extensive
selection of research libraries covering the full spectrum of tax law and regulatory
information, explanations, analyses and treatises by in-house CCH attorneys and CPAs, as
well as respected outside practitioners. The content and tools cover:
- Federal tax
- State tax
- Financial and estate planning, including CCH® Financial
- Business entities
- International tax, including Canadian, Latin American and Mexican
- Global transactions
- Payroll and pension
- Accounting and Audit
Also, the site includes front-page daily tax news and the popular CCH®
taxTracker News, a news feature that tracks and delivers to users headlines and story
summaries via daily e-mail.
Professionals may also access the CCH Internal Revenue Code and Regulations for
free on Tax.CCHGroup, as well as a number of easy-to-use tools that quickly
calculate savings bond values, tax rate phaseouts, loan amortization, federal income tax
withholding and other personal finance related items.
In addition, users can maintain their professional
standing with continuing professional educations courses via the CCH Learning Center
online or with more than 30 CCH and Aspen text and audio courses.
Expanded Online Store
Tax.CCHGroup also offers an extensive catalog of subscription services, books,
journals, newsletters and software from research and planning to practice
management and compliance for tax and accounting professionals. The Online Store
includes hundreds of CCH products, such as the 2001 U.S. Master Tax Guide, CCH
Federal Tax Guide, ViewPlan estate planning software, CCH® Enteract
financial planning software, Zipsales Lookup from DPC and the
ProSystem fx Office suite.
In addition, the integrated Online Store will offer more than 50 Aspen titles
that offer valuable guidance and expertise on accounting, practice management, tax,
retirement planning, compensation and finance. Included in the store and available for
purchase are the industrys best selling accounting references, the Miller
Also available from Aspen is a wide range of books and CD-ROM products authored by
expert practitioners and educators, such as the CPAs Guide to Effective Engagement
Letters, The Professionals Guide to Doing Business on the Internet, Journal
of State Taxation and CPAs Guide to e-Business Consulting and Assurance
Research, Compliance Integration Means Better, More Profitable Services
CCH ClientRelate, a new product from CCH, will also be featured on Tax.CCHGroup.
CCH ClientRelate supports a professionals practice at several levels by
integrating the authority of the CCH InternetSM Tax Research NetWork
with the power of ProSystem fx® Tax.
First, CCH ClientRelate identifies, analyzes and alerts professionals to
potential opportunities for enhancing the wealth and reducing the tax liability of
clients, while supporting high-value service opportunities for the professionals
In addition, CCH ClientRelate provides fast access to more in-depth research and
aids in the development of valuable, plain-English customer communications.
Subscribers to the CCH Internet Tax Research Network can use CCH ClientRelate
to search their clients ProSystem fx Tax returns and identify tax savings and
planning opportunities. Tax professionals have the flexibility of searching by Tax
Bulletins, prepared by in-house CCH tax attorneys and CPAs and delivered via e-mail, by
Service Analysis and/or by client. CCH ClientRelate performs a number of scans on
returns, such as Inventory Exception for Small Taxpayers and Capital Loss Utilization for
Individuals. (See accompanying press release for more information.)
New for CITRN: Miller Guides
Financial professionals have depended on the Miller accounting and auditing guides for
more than 20 years. Now through Tax.CCHGroup, practitioners can subscribe to six
valuable Miller libraries on CITRN. Aspen Miller titles are noted for their
detailed examples and illustrations, in-depth disclosure indexes, observation paragraphs
and extensive cross-referencing to original pronouncements.
The Aspen Miller libraries include the 2001 Miller GAAP Guide, which
provides easy-to-follow analysis and explanation of FASB Statements, Interpretations,
ARBs, and APBs in one compact book. Also available are the 2001 Miller GAAP Practice
Manual, 2001 Miller GAAS Guide and 2001 Miller GAAS Practice Manual.
CCH Mobile Means Faster Access From Anywhere
Tax.CCHGroup also will include some special free enhancements for subscribers of
CCH Internet research libraries. CCH Internet Tax Research NetWork Mobile has been
expanded and customized to allow users of the Palm Pilot VII to access and search any
publication users have included on their "My CCH" page. In addition, users can
conduct a citation search, locate and access "Keep List" documents and forward
documents to e-mail addresses. This is in addition to being able to receive CCH
taxTracker News headlines and alerts via hand-held devices.
"This expands greatly on the practitioners flexibility to serve clients at a
time and place convenient for both," said Charlie Ter Bush, CPA, director of
marketing, CCH Federal and State Tax Group. "For example, you can be in your
clients office and quickly verify your answers to questions by searching the 2001
U.S. Master Tax Guide on your personal digital assistant.
"Of equal importance, and exclusive to CCH, we have customized the functionality
of the CCH Internet Tax Research NetWork specifically to suit mobile platforms,
particularly the small screens. CCH Mobile is available as part of the users
regular subscription with no additional cost for this valuable and helpful new
feature," said Ter Bush.
Also, CCH has added a new feature to speed log-ins and quick access to the materials
most important to the tax professional. The Login Express toolbar now includes a Keep List
button that enables users to log in directly to their personalized Keep List folders.
The new Keep List option exports and saves the Keep Folder and document titles into
Microsoft® Word or HTML pages. Users can then hotlink titles directly back to
the full text document on CITRN.
Tax Compliance on the Web
Visitors to Tax.CCHGroup will have direct links to the ProSystem fx web
site, where they can find product updates and news, order supplies, find training
opportunities, participate in product demonstrations and download product evaluation
software. Full integration of the current ProSystem fx web site into Tax.CCHGroup
is planned for the future.
Users of ProSystem fx Tax have access to
Tax Notebook, CCHs online tax organizer, through their own firms web
site. In keeping with the Destination Sites
strategy to enhance client communication and improve practice productivity, the web-based
organizer guides accountants clients through an easy-to-use, streamlined tax
interview process. Practitioners clients can access and use Tax Notebook by
linking to the organizer from the professionals own web site. Clients can complete
the interview from their home, office or anywhere else with an Internet connection. The
software tool then transfers the data directly into the clients return, speeding
In the very near future, ProSystem fx Tax users will find even greater
convenience and lower practice costs via the Internet. The software unit will roll out CCH
Global fx, which will allow users to remotely access the ProSystem fx Tax
product from CCH-hosted servers. Global fx will give users access to the power of
ProSystem fx Tax from any computer with an Internet connection, providing greater
flexibility to work wherever and whenever they want.
Moving Forward: More Integration, Collaboration, Practice Support
As the Tax.CCHGroup Destination Site evolves, tax and accounting professionals
will recognize new and valuable benefits that will rely on the power, flexibility and ease
of the Internet. New features, for example, will allow the professional to provide his own
web-based tax return applications that can help market his practice and identify new
clients and revenue sources.
A customizable "working" level will be developed on which individuals, firms
or companies will be able to assemble those applications, tools and resources they use to
meet compliance needs, communicate with clients and manage their practice or business. The
user will be able to construct easily a flexible, collaborative intra-practice network to
Greater integration and aggregation of tax, estate planning and financial planning
software, information and web technology will provide for robust tools all at the
disposal of the tax and accounting professional.
"As Tax.CCHGroup evolves over the next couple of years, certain core factors
remain and will continue to drive our vision," said Bush. "First, CCH and Aspen
have long been trusted for their authority, expertise and innovation. Second, how the tax
and accounting professionals work and serve their clients is changing and they need new
tools and support. Now, we have an opportunity to turn information and technology into the
definitive, supporting partnership between the professional and Tax.CCHGroup."
is a Destination Site that brings together and integrates the authoritative information,
software and services of CCH Federal and State Tax Group, CCH Tax Compliance and Aspen
Publishers. Launched in October 2001, this new generation of Internet site is designed to
support and facilitate the changing way that tax, legal and financial planning
professionals are working, serving their clients, generating practice revenue and managing
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