Estate Planning

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) in January changed its insurance rules for deposits held in connection with a living trust ( ). Under the new provisions, if a bank fails, the FDIC will insure up to $100,000 of deposits for each beneficiary entitled to a living trust’s assets upon the account holder’s death. Qualifying beneficiaries include only the account owner’s spouse, children, grandchildren, parents and siblings. The revised rules, which were to take effect April 1, eliminate a prior requirement that the depository institution’s records contain the names of trust beneficiaries. They also provide for immediate payment of the full amount of FDIC coverage available to beneficiaries, regardless of any limitations stipulated in the trust document.


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.