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Less Risk for Volunteers

T he Senate approved a bill intended to limit the liability of volunteers of "nonprofit organizations." The Volunteer Protection Act (S 543), passed just two weeks after President Clinton held a national volunteerism campaign in Philadelphia, is intended to protect volunteers from frivolous lawsuits. A similar bill (HR 1167) has been introduced in the House.

Potential threats of legal liability have discouraged many Americans from performing volunteer activities, such as serving on boards and committees, according to the American Society of Association Executives. This bill would limit the liability of volunteers that are

  1. Acting in good faith within the scope of their duties.
  2. Properly licensed or certified when necessary.
  3. Not willfully or wantonly engaged in misconduct.

Two other bills introduced in the Senate and House (S 514 and HR 911) encourage the states to enact uniform volunteer protection laws rather than make volunteer liability protection a federal law.


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.