Website of the Month: National Association of Tax Professionals

By Anders, Susan B. | The CPA Journal, March 2006 | Go to article overview

Website of the Month: National Association of Tax Professionals


Anders, Susan B., The CPA Journal


The National Association of Tax Professionals' (NATP) website, www.natptax.com, is an excellent resource for all tax practitioners, whether they are members of the NATP or not. The organization was formed in 1979 and has chapters in 35 states. Its membership includes enrolled agents, accountants, attorneys, financial planners, and CPAs. Respondents to The CFA Journal's 2003 annual tax software survey indicated that the NATP site was useful in their tax practices. Although some materials are restricted to members, many features are available to the public.

The NATP homepage and main pages are organized with a consistent banner header containing links to "about us," "contact us," and "find a tax pro." The center of the homepage is in a newsletter format, presenting "news alerts" on current events in taxation, "upcoming education" for access to NATP continuing education and self-study courses, and "NATP news." The subsidiary main pages look similar to the homepage, generally utilizing a simple text format presentation with embedded or bulleted hyperlinks.

The main navigational tool is a leftside topical index that includes "what's new," "membership," "federal tax info," "publications," "state information," and "press room." Some topics offer dropdown menus with more selections. Navigation is inconsistent and could be improved by offering summary main pages for each topical area.

Federal Tax Information

The Federal Tax Information section is one of the best-developed resources on this website. Its subsidiary main page presents a table of contents of a variety of resources, which include the "NATP Research Center," "tax news," "tax facts," "tax tip of the week," "Revenue Rulings," 'Treasury decisions and regulations," "IRS publications," and "tax links." The NATP Research Center offers research services to members for a nominal charge, after the first free question. Nonmembers can also submit questions, but for a higher rate than members.

Tax news presents a varied collection of items, accessible by hyperlinks to PDF documents. …

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