2013 Review of Thomson Reuters - Checkpoint

Best Fit: Tax and accounting professionals needing a research solution with strong search and customization tools, particularly those using Thomson Reuters tax preparation software.

Strengths:

  • Among the products reviewed, Checkpoint has some of the more intuitive and comprehensive search functions.
  • A feature unique to Checkpoint among the products reviewed is time tracking.  Time spent on projects can be printed or export into time and billing systems.
  • Although login sessions time out after an hour of inactivity, a user may quickly return to previous research upon logging in again
  • Speedlink tool provides fast access to research

Potential Limitations:

  • Thomson Reuters does not offer mobile apps with the full Checkpoint content, however, mobile versions of the site open on smartphones and tablets.
  • Document Assembly is supported on the tablet version of Checkpoint, but not Checkpoint for Smart Phones. The user has the option to go to the full site on the mobile and can use Document Assembly there.

Thomson Reuters Checkpoint is an online tax and accounting research resource widely used by accounting professionals and students.  New features introduced during the past year include the Export Tray which runs exports of larger Checkpoint documents in the background, allowing subscribers to continue research during the process, and the option to access documents, searches and tools from previous research sessions.  New products recently introduced include the AAEI International Trade News Alert, FASAB Standards, a Non-Discrimination Testing Tool and the monthly Puerto Rico Tax Newsletter.  Also, a tool to identify state and local tax credits and incentives was recently released, which is searchable by address or jurisdiction.

Summary & Pricing

Thomson Reuters Checkpoint provides a strong and easily searchable research platform for accounting professionals with highly respected proprietary content and third-party resources.  Prices range from $100 into the thousands depending on the libraries and subscription quantities selected.

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