Retirement


The Institute released Understanding Social Security Reform: The Issues and Alternatives, a comprehensive analysis by AICPA tax, accounting and economic specialists of the benefits and drawbacks of many current reform proposals. The report assesses the program’s financial condition; its importance to the elderly living in poverty; how reform could affect the redistribution of income and workers’ retirement plans; how to balance investment risk with the pursuit of higher returns; and the funding challenges reform might involve ( www.aicpa.org/members/socsec.htm ). “The Social Security system’s viability affects most Americans,” said Thomas P. Ochsenschlager, AICPA vice-president of taxation, “so it’s important to thoroughly analyze the issues before making any changes. Our study adds knowledge to the debate.”

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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.