23, No. 8, Oct. 16, 2003
Book aids tax schools across the
of Illinois Tax Workbook,” used by tax schools in 17 states (including
Illinois), has been published at the UI since 1965. Originally called
the Farm Income Tax Workbook, the book is created annually by staff
members in the UI Tax School Program (in the UI College of Agricultural,
Consumer and Environmental Sciences) and Facilities and Services’
Through the years, the now 700-page workbook has increased its number
of pages, involved more writers and technical reviewers, and improved
its index. What began as a compilation of IRS publications has evolved
into a comprehensive practitioner-oriented workbook on specific taxation
topics. Today the contents reflect new tax legislation and areas practitioners
find complex or confusing.
“The amazing thing about [the workbook] is that it is created
and printed in a very short time,” said Terri Kobel, director
of the Tax School Program. “The content is decided in January,
and authors submit their content by June 1st. The content is technically
reviewed, revised, typeset and ready for a reviewer’s workshop
in August. Corrections are made and it is printed at the end of September.
This is an amazingly fast turn-around time, especially considering the
length and complexity of the content.”
Authors and technical reviewers of the workbook include university faculty
members, practitioners recognized for their expertise in specific topics,
and IRS personnel.
Co-editors of the workbook are Kobel; Gary Hoff, UI Extension specialist
– taxation; and Lanny Lobdell, visiting farm tax specialist. For
the 2003 workbook, faculty members within ACES who also were involved
are Don Uchtmann and Paul McNamara.
The Printing Department manages the pre-production, pre-press, and print
production of the workbook.
According to Kobel, the current format of the workbook is a legacy to
the late C. Allen Bock, UI professor of agricultural law. Bock built
the IIlinois Tax School into a successful program reaching more than
6,000 Illinois practitioners annually. “Dr. Bock also established
the foundation of the workbook as practitioner-oriented,” Kobel
said, “which is consistent with his Extension focus. Participants
of the tax schools continue to indicate the workbook is one of the best
resources they have in their offices.”