Employee Benefits

To stave off double-digit increases in the cost of employee health plans, small and midsize companies cut benefits in 2003, according to a survey and analysis by Mercer Human Resource Consulting and Marsh Inc. ( www.marsh.com ). This held costs to an average of $6,130 per worker, up 9.8% since 2002. Companies with fewer than 50 employees limited their per capita costs to $5,795 by instituting provisions discouraging dependent coverage and imposing high deductibles. But businesses with 1,000 to 1,999 employees spent considerably more—$6,472—per worker, reflecting the challenge of competing for labor with larger employers that have greater purchasing power. The findings are based on responses from 1,904 employers.


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.