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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. In The Readable Code and Regs, is there a side note explaining every cross-reference?

A. No. The series does not provide side notes for certain types of cross-references that are considered obvious. These include:

  • A reference to the provision being read (the citing provision)
  • A cross-reference explained in the official text
  • A cross-reference explained by a previous side note in the same subdivision
  • A cross-reference that is part of a term of art commonly recognized by tax practitioners (for example, a Section 1231 asset). Appendix I of each volume contains a list of such commonly-recognized terms and their meanings.

Q. Why don't Proposed Regulations appear under the corresponding section of final Regulations?

A. In The Readable Code and Regs, the order of presentation for Regulations is as follows.

  • All final Regulations under a given Code section
  • All Temporary Regulations under that Code section
  • The Table of Post-1999 Regulatory History and the Summary of Post-1999 Major Regulatory Activity for Regulations under that Code section (collectively, "history tables")
  • All Proposed Regulations under that Code section issued after 1994 and still pending

We use this order so that the reader can scan the history tables to narrow his or her search before reading the full text of a Proposed Regulation. This presentation also allows the reader to readily distinguish among multiple sets of Proposed Regulations that use the same section number (as is currently the case with Proposed Regulations under Sec. 1.704-1). At the end of a given section of final Regulations there is a cross-reference indicating the location of any corresponding Proposed Regulations.

Q. Is there an online version of The Readable Code and Regs?

A. No. There is, however, a PDF version of the book, which a subscriber can load onto his or her personal computer. This product option provides the efficiency of key word searches that encompass both the official text and editorial content such as sidenotes without having to learn a new interface.

Q. Can I order books from Readable Press without using a credit card?

A. Orders by individual customers may be placed online. Payment options are American Express, Mastercard, Visa, or Discover.

Readable Press offers accounting firms, law firms, in-house legal and tax departments, universities, and government agencies the option of applying for a Corporate Account. This is done by completing either the general Application for a Corporate Account or the Application for a Corporate Account by a University or Government Agency, as applicable. Once approved, such an account allows the customer to order Readable Press publications using the Corporate Account Order Form. Orders placed in this manner are invoiced and are payable by business check.

Corporate customers may also order online using a credit card, in which case a Corporate Account is not necessary.

Q. What are RP Change References and how are they numbered?

A. The RP Change Reference is a nine-digit number that ties the summary of a change in the Code, Regulations, or Proposed Regulations to other elements of the book. For example, it cross-references an entry from the Summary of Post-1999 Major Regulatory Activity to the corresponding entry in the Table of Post-1999 Regulatory History  where you can find information regarding the applicable publication date, effective date, citation, and related legislation (if any). The RP Change Reference also identifies the summary with the corresponding Readable Regs. This navigation aid is especially useful where there are multiple sets of Proposed Regulations pending under the same Code section. The first five digits of the number refer to the applicable Code Section, while the next two digits refer to the year of publication. The final two digits identify the particular change, with numbers below 30 indicating a change to the Code and numbers 30 or higher indicating a change to the Regulations or Proposed Regulations.



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