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BEV BUTULA: DOJ’s Tax Division – Tax Fraud Schemes

The mission of Department of Justice's Tax Division is to "enforce the nation's tax laws fully, fairly, and consistently, through both criminal and civil litigation, in order to promote voluntary compliance with the tax laws, maintain public confidence in the integrity of the tax system, and promote the sound development of the law." This includes their initiative to shut down fraudulent tax preparers and tax-fraud schemes.

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BEV BUTULA: Say goodbye to the Illinois reporters

Wisconsin has been using public domain citations since Jan. 1, 2000. In addition to the public domain citation, Wisconsin opinions are found in the official reporters published by West. The majority of states who have adopted the public domain citation format continue to publish the opinions in reporters.

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BEV BUTULA: Economic Indicators

The economic indicator is a monthly publication prepared for the Joint Economic Committee. It provides a variety of economic information including "information on gross domestic product, income, employment, production, business activity, prices, money, credit, security markets, Federal finance, and international statistics."

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BEV BUTULA: State Legal Research

There is an excellent paper, written by librarian Wendy E. Moore of the University of Georgia School of Law, entitled "Fantastic Facts about the 50 states: Websites for State Legal Research" outlining a variety of online resources for state research.

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BEV BUTULA: Read it Later and InstaPaper

I have been hearing a lot about Read it Later. Basically, it allows you to read saved web pages when it is convenient, even if you do not have an internet connection. It works in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and on your favorite smartphone. ABA Site-tation has a nice step by step guide to using Read it Later.

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BEV BUTULA: More 50 state surveys

I have previously written on the value of finding 50 state survey sites. As I mentioned in my post from June 2008, "[a]nyone who has had to compile one, knows the amount of work involved. So when I find one by a reliable source, I rejoice."

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BEV BUTULA: Tap the Power

Back in 2008, I wrote a post about the Legislative Reference Bureau Library's Tap the Power bibliographies. The broad range of topics and resources are amazing. Their most recent release (April 2011) is definitely worth checking out.

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BEV BUTULA: LinkedIn Today announced

Do you have a LinkedIn account? Do you post updates or stories of interest for your "connections" to read? Are you interested in news that your colleagues are reading? Well, earlier this month, LinkedIn announced the launch of LinkedIn Today.

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BEV BUTULA: Welcome to Sunshine Week

This is Sunshine Week. The focus of the Sunshine Week initiative is to promote government transparency and freedom of information. Thanks to the folks over at INFOdocket, I learned about the recent launching of FOIA.gov by the U.S. Department of ...

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BEV BUTULA: Wisconsin Open Government

The John K. Maciver Institute for Public Policy announced the launching of WisconsinOpenGov.org. Per their website, it "provides you with one location for data on Wisconsin public employee salaries, benefits and labor contracts.

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BEV BUTULA: Land Use Research Options

The Urban Land Institute is a 501(c)(3) research and education organization dealing with land use issues. Their policy and practice priority areas include: capital markets, housing, infrastructure, sustainability/climate change, place making/public realm, places of commerce, and development at the edge.

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A few Android apps

I have written before about smart phone applications both in the Wisconsin Law Journal and for the State Bar of Wisconsin's Inside Track. However, the majority of the apps featured in those articles are for the iPhone. Many lawyers use Android mobile phones and so I thought I'd highlight a few Android apps. Please add any you have found useful.

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Book of Odds

I had to start out the year with a website that can be insightful and entertaining. The Book of Odds is a website that presents the probability things.

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New Reading Level in Google

The buzz on the blogosphere Friday was that Google has released yet another new feature. This new feature is the ability to select the "reading level" of your Google results.

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