is a newly announced product that allows the general public to file federal
taxes electronically by modem or via the Internet. CyberTax merges the technologies
of Adobe's Acrobat® Portable Document Format (PDF), VerTec Solutions'
software and Amzi!'s Logic Server® together with Nelco's expertise in
electronic tax filing.
VerTec Solutions Provides Tax
with Adobe PDF and Amzi! Logic Server
Over the Internet
CyberTax is not a "stand-alone" software product, but a software enhancement
to the Adobe Reader v2.1 that allows the user to fill in the forms in
Adobe Acrobat provides visual display of IRS-provided tax forms, TransZForm
allows the form to be used for input and output by the user, and an Amzi!
logic-base provides all of the rules that embody the tax code.
Prolog was chosen to represent the tax rules because of the nature of
the tax rules--they change every year and are made up of rules for relating
data. Also, since tax forms contain so many duplicate values, Prolog provided
the best means to handle the redundant values on all the forms. Due to
Prolog, the user has no need to enter the same information more than once.
Currently, CyberTax contains approximately 800 rules and supports 22 of
the most commonly used federal tax forms, including multiple W-2s, W-2Gs,
The workflow for CyberTax is simple due to Prolog handling most of the
logic for each form. Users enter their tax information by tabbing to and
entering data into simple edit boxes. After the data is entered, it is
passed to the built-in Knowledge Base which analyzes the information.
This approach provides a quick and effective means to perform all of the
related computations in all of the supported tax forms.
Once the tax return has been completed, the system sends the data to
a verification module to ensure that there are no obvious mistakes. After
passing the verification process, the tax information may be sent electronically,
or by mail.
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