Acting Director Named to Head ETA

The IRS selected acting director Terence H. Lutes as the new director of the Electronic Tax Administration. The ETA oversees policy and security for electronic transactions, as well as the development of electronic services throughout the IRS. The ETA’s focus on minimizing paper transactions is a cornerstone of the IRS’s modernization effort.

The ETA’s role has become more important as the number of electronically filed taxes has dramatically increased over the past few years. In 2000, more than 35 million returns were e-filed—an 85% increase from 1997.


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.