Tip Compliance Programs Widened


The IRS expanded its voluntary tip compliance programs from the food and beverage, gaming and hairstyling industries to all those in which tipping is customary (announcements 2000-19 and 2000-23; notice 2000-21). In exchange for an employer’s or employee’s participation, the IRS agrees to refrain from tip examination.

Employers may participate in either the Tip Rate Determination Agreement (TRDA) or the Tip Reporting Alternative Commitment (TRAC). Under a TRDA, the IRS and the employer determine the amount of tips that employees receive and the amount they should report to the IRS. Under a TRAC, the employer agrees to educate employees about tip income requirements and to establish tip reporting procedures.


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.