Tax


The IRS is offering to waive certain penalties if taxpayers that participated in illegal tax shelters disclose them and identify their promoters. The amnesty does not apply to taxpayers involved in fraud, crime, concealment of foreign financial accounts or reporting of personal expenses as deductible business expenses. ( http://ftp.fedworld.gov/pub/irs-news/ir01-121.pdf )

In an annual report to Congress, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson recommends that legislators uniformly define the term “qualifying child” for tax purposes. Olson’s report also proposes reducing the alternative minimum tax’s effect on individuals. As in prior years, the report found the most serious problem taxpayers face is inadequate toll-free telephone access to IRS customer service. ( http://ftp.fedworld.gov/pub/irs-news/ir-02-02.pdf )

SPONSORED REPORT

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.