Help with downloading documents
Help with searching the RBT web service

Help with downloading documents
All Review of Business Taxation information is available for downloading (ie. copying on to your own computer) in four separate formats:
PDF Format Portable Document Format (PDF)
Portable document format, or PDF, is a document format created by Adobe which is platform independent. To open, view and print PDF files, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free from the Adobe Web site
RTF Format Rich Text Format (RTF)
Rich text format, or RTF, is a document format that can be opened, viewed and printed using any PC-based word processing package.
Zipped PDF Format
Zipped RTF Format
Zipped PDF and RTF Formats
Treasury also provides Budget information for download in a compressed format (.ZIP files), which reduces download time. To decompress downloaded .ZIP files, you will need a decompressing application, such as WinZip. Once the files are decompressed, they can be opened, viewed and printed as above.
Generally, PDF files take up less memory than RTF files, and so do not take as long to download. However, downloading compressed ('zipped') files should also reduce download time further.

To download RBT documents . . .

This web service provides documents for download arranged in tables, so that you can quickly and easily locate the particular document you are after. To download your copy of a document:
  1. Locate the document name and preferred format (see above).
  2. Click on the file-size text (eg. "120 KB") once.
    • If you have a plug-in that enables PDF and/or RTF viewing directly in your browser, the document will appear within your browser. If you still prefer to save a separate copy, try right-clicking on the file-size text instead.
    • If this plug-in is not present (or disabled) a dialog box should appear prompting you to save or open the document. Save your copy to your desired directory on your computer.
    • If you have selected a compressed ('zipped') version to download, you should first be prompted to save the file. Depending on the decompressing software you have, it may automatically decompress the new file for you, or you may have to start the software yourself and then decompress it.

Tips and tricks for searching the RBT web service

To locate a document or page that you wish to find on the Review of Business Taxation web service efficiently, it is helpful to use the Search facility to submit a query.

Using the Search page by typing in a word or a phrase is the easiest option to find information you are after. However, the following tips can help you expand the focus of your query to give you more complete results.

  • Look for words with the same prefix. For example, in your query form type key* to find key, keying, keyhole, keyboard, and so on.

  • Search for all forms of a word. For example, in the form type sink** to find sink, sinking, sank, and sunk.

  • Search with the keyword NEAR, rather than AND, for words close to each other. For example, both of these queries, system and manager and system near manager, look for the words system and manager on the same page. But with NEAR, the returned pages are ranked in order of proximity: The closer together the words are, the higher the rank of that page.

  • Refine your queries with the AND NOT keywords to exclude certain text from your search. For example, if you want to find all instances of surfing but not the Net, write the following query:

    surfing AND NOT the Net

  • Add the OR keyword to find all instances of either one word or another, for example:

    Report OR Memorandum

    This query finds all pages that mention Report or Memorandum or both.

  • Put quotation marks around keywords if you want the Search facility to treat them as a phrase. For instance, if you type the following query:

    "system near manager"

    The Search facility will literally look for the complete phrase system near manager. But if you type the same query without the quotation marks:

    system near manager

    The Search looks for all documents for the words system and manager.

  • Use Free Text Queries if you want to enter queries using natural language. The Search facility will examine your query, extract nouns and noun phrases and construct a query for you. With free text queries you can enter any text you want, from a proper question, to a string of words and phrases, without worrying about the query language. For example, if you type in the following query:

    "How does tax reform affect small business?"

    The Simple Search facility will create a query for you automatically and begin the search. Note that when you're using free text queries, the regular query language features are disabled and keywords such as AND, OR, and NEAR are interpreted as normal words.

A document location field is also available for you to narrow your search to a particular area of the RBT site, namely:

  • Publications,
  • Media releases,
  • Submissions, or
  • The whole site.