Form W-2 Gets Code for Stock Options

The IRS announced that employers will use a new code in box 12 of the 2001 form W-2. Box 12 states the amount of benefits includable as wages on which the employee’s share of taxes has been paid. Code V will identify the amount of compensation related to the exercise of employer-provided nonstatutory stock options that are included in box 1—wages, tips and other compensation; box 3—Social Security wages (up to the SS wage base); and box 5—Medicare wages and tips. Currently, the IRS does not require employers to separately identify any taxable fringe benefits that are included in box 1.


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.