AICPA Urges End to Abusive Tax Shelters


Exploitative tax shelters are an insult to honest taxpayers and their CPA advisers, the Institute’s tax executive committee said in a letter to Senator Charles E. Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, who is proposing legislation to curtail such arrangements. Besides supporting Grassley’s position, the AICPA letter also noted that “deterrence from and the eventual eradication of abusive transactions are best accomplished through disclosure, higher nondisclosure penalties, clearer standards for reasonable cause penalty relief and opinion letters, aggressive enforcement and continued evolution of appropriate solutions by an informed judiciary” ( www.aicpa.org/download/members/div/tax/grassley_letter.pdf ).

SPONSORED REPORT

Keeping client information safe in an age of scams and security threats

A look at the Dirty Dozen tax scams and ways to protect taxpayer information.

TECHNOLOGY Q&A

How to create maps in Excel 2016

Microsoft Excel 2016 has two new mapping capabilities. J. Carlton Collins, CPA, demonstrates how to make masterful 2D and 3D maps in Excel 2016.

QUIZ

News quiz: IRS enforcement, a hot job, and audit value

The IRS’s 2016 Data Book, a “hot job” of particular interest at this time of year, and insight into how executive and audit committees view the insights from financial statement audits received attention recently. See how much you know with this short quiz.