In general, tax law blogs are written to promote interest in the subject matter without exhausting the topic, yielding ways to follow up with professional assistance that will improve the reader’s bottom line. Some tax blogs, however, recommend more serious treatments of the topics, giving interested readers a method to engage with the issue in a transparent forum, one that develops ideas in open dialogue.
Tax blogs can therefore be more formal, or, more colloquial; more professional oriented, or, more client oriented; and more in-depth, or, more cursory, in treatments of the subjects. Depending on the readership, tax blogs range from sources which give answers to negotiating a complex code – say for a personal tax return – to detailed updates on the court system’s interpretation of a tax code law, which can be useful for tax preparers of all levels.
Also, tax blogs can present trailheads in defense of certain procedures, which may become relevant in a communication either verbally or written with an IRS representative. Groups like churches – that have very specific regulations that change over the course of the tax season – may discover relevant news about tax law tweaks to discuss with other members of their organization, or to bring up with their accountant.
Perhaps most importantly, the primary benefits to the average taxpayer from these blogs are to take the abstract and sometimes ambiguous tax directions and forms, and use these to provide a venue for simpler discussions. The blog format allows users to follow a series of comments, usually initiated by an interested and knowledgeable person (although the comments that follow the initial post will help establish how effective the blog is), in order to establish guidance along a particular question or issue. There are other blogs that may be comparable to tax blogs: these include tech blogs, which often present “steps” to take in order to solve a tech problem, and medical blogs, which often present helpful information from an informed source.
Tax law blogs thus provide two key functions: they present issues that may be of interest to their readers, and they also provide a venue for further discussion about the topic. Good tax blogs should promote the guidance that the reader is looking for on that particular occasion, however, some tax blogs may take time to search over in order to find a particular strategy or remedy to a situation.