IRS Picks New Taxpayer Advocate

The IRS named Nina E. Olson as National Taxpayer Advocate to succeed W. Val Oveson, who left last fall to return to the private sector. The advocate’s office, now the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), acts as a voice for taxpayers who, after having used all normal channels, still have matters they have been unable to resolve with the IRS.

The IRS also has expanded the office’s authority to resolve taxpayer cases without having to refer them to other divisions. TAS personnel now can take the same actions as IRS customer service representatives, including making adjustments and handling other account-related interactions with taxpayers. The TAS expects these changes to reduce the time it takes to resolve cases.


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.