Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy J. Muris pledges to substantially boost resources for protecting consumer privacy in all commercial venues, including the Internet. The FTC’s enforcement plan calls for a national “do-not-call” list of telemarketing prospects, improved handling of consumers’ privacy-related complaints, enforcement of current limitations on telemarketers’ sales practices and restrictions on their use of consumers’ account information. ( ; )


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.