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  • Our search engine not only searches for words and phrases inside HTML files, but will also search for words and phrases inside PDF files.

  • It is also possible to conduct more focused searches on smaller areas of our site. For instance, you can limit your search to any particular area, such as IRS Tax Forms, IRS News Releases, or IRS Bulletins separately. Click on the box below that reads "All of UncleFed's Tax*Board" to view all of your options.

  • If you only want to search for an IRS tax form, instructions, or publication, there is a specialized search box below which will give you search results only pertaining to those forms, instructions, or publications. This will help you since you won't be getting search results that only has references to those forms or instructions.

  • Explore the Advanced Search capability which gives you numerous other options.

TIP: For more precise searching, put quotes around your search words. For instance, if you are looking for Pub 17, then you would type in "Pub. 17".

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Special Considerations for Searching PDF Files
PDF page linking: Typically, a search engine that has the capability to search PDF files will only take you to the first page of that file. Our search engine will take you to the first page in the PDF file where your search word appears. This will launch the Adobe Acrobat viewer so you can view that page. To search further within that PDF file for the same search word, you need to use the Acrobat search feature, which is identified as a set of binoculars on the Acrobat toolbar.
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