Employee Benefits

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) raises to $3,579.55 per month (or $42,954.60 per year) the maximum amount it guarantees for retirees in underfunded single-employer, defined-benefit plans terminating in 2002—5.5% higher than in 2001. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 requires the PBGC to adjust this amount annually based on changes in the factors that the Social Security Administration uses to calculate benefits and payroll taxes. ( www.pbgc.gov/news/press_releases/2001/pr02_07.htm )


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.