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Members of the House and Senate submit bills that would make it easier for small businesses, including community banks, to incorporate under subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code. Under it, shareholders—but not the company—pay tax on the entity’s income, unlike C corporations, which are taxed at both levels. Proponents say passage of the bills would greatly improve smaller banks’ competitiveness ( www.aba.com/Press+Room/reform072001.htm ).

Automated underwriting systems at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) and the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) get a common data format, as the two agencies adopt extensible markup language (XML) data specifications ( www.mbaa.org/news/2001/pr0723a.html ).

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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.

QUIZ

News quiz: IRS warning on cyberattacks and a change in pension rules

Once again, the IRS sounds the alarm about a threat from cyberthieves. See how much you know about this and other recent news with this short quiz.

CHECKLIST

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.