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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

While it is easy to find numerous articles concerning the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97), finding authoritative information can be more difficult. One source to try is the database Checkpoint, available from the Business Databases page on the Business Library website. This database contains a wide-range of sources concerned with tax accounting regulations.

The Checkpoint Tips newsletter recommends looking in the following places to learn more about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

  • Currently, there is a “yellow alert bar at the top of the Home screen” with links to a summary and comprehensive analysis.
    • Within the Analysis section are client letters that use “easy-to-understand language.”
    • Go to the Tables section and select Code Section Cross-Reference Table to see all the amendments to the Internal Revenue Code.
  • From the Search tab, go to Editorial Materials and select the 2017 Tax Reform category to keyword search through a vast number of resources.

If you need assistance with using Checkpoint or finding other information about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Ask a Business Librarian.

Library Study Room Reservation Etiquette

Reserving study rooms is the most used link on the Business Library website. We are very glad to hear from a number of you that the software that was implemented in the middle of fall semester has been virtually problem-free.

  • Please be considerate of others needs and only book one room for two hours for your group per day, leaving other rooms at other times available for your fellow students.
  • In addition, please remember to keep the room neat by straightening and picking up after your group has finished using the room.

We have also heard from some of you that sometimes study rooms that show as booked are not occupied. This leads people to wonder if the scheduled group is just running a bit late or if they can use the room because the scheduled group finished early or isn’t coming.

  • If you have reserved a study room and then decide not to use it or leave at least 30 minutes prior to your ending time, please cancel your reservation ASAP. Even if it is past the start time, cancelling will open it up for others to see. You are considered a “no show” if the room is not occupied within 15 minutes after the start time.
  • If you want to use an empty room that shows as booked online and ensure that you can have it without conflict, check with a Business Library staff member who can cancel a “no show” reservation, opening up that time for you to reserve the room.

If you have questions or need assistance with using the Reserve a Business Library Study Room software, contact a Business Library staff member.

Microsoft Office Certifications

SMU is offering the chance to obtain Microsoft Office certifications for FREE. Becoming more proficient in using this software will set you apart from the majority of people who only use these popular programs on a superficial level. You can move up through three levels of proficiency, Specialist, Expert and Master, which you can include on your electronic resume with online badges.

This opportunity is a pilot project of the SMU Office of Information Technology. Therefore, it is on a first-come-first-served basis for “current students and benefit-eligible staff and faculty meeting the parameters of the pilot.” Learn more on the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Pilot website.