Technology


Beginning July 1, accountants and other professionals who had registered a trademark or service mark before September 30, 2002, can secure a .pro domain name, or Internet address suffix, that exactly matches their registered mark. For example, a firm with a trademark such as Smith & Jones, CPAs, would qualify for a Web address of www.smith&jonescpas.pro. Through the use of digital certificates—information packets that confirm the identity of participants in online transactions—such Web addresses will provide greater security and confidentiality for electronic commerce and communications. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN, www.icann.org ) added .pro to the existing list of approved domain names, such as .com, .org, .gov and .edu, and designated RegistryPro ( www.registrypro.com ) as the operator for the registry. ICANN is the nonprofit corporation responsible for Internet address allocation and domain name system management.

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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.

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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.

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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.