Employee Benefits


The Institute endorsed the SIMPLE Cafeteria Plan Act of 2005 (S. 723), a bill that would allow small businesses to provide nontaxable benefits, such as flexible spending accounts, to their employees ( http://thomas.loc.gov ) as large companies and government agencies now do. In addition, the proposed legislation would allow cafeteria plans, which permit employees to customize their benefits, to offer long-term-care insurance, and it would simplify and expand dependent care accounts. Introduced by Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), the bipartisan bill was co-sponsored by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.).

SPONSORED REPORT

Gearing up for the new FASB lease accounting standard

Management accountants in the United States face significant challenges as companies prepare for the far-reaching change. This report looks at the standard, common challenges companies are likely to face and first steps to consider.

CHECKLIST

Being responsive to clients

CPAs and their firms have daily pressures and hectic schedules, but being responsive is crucial to client satisfaction. Leaders in the profession offer advice for CPA firms that want to be responsive to clients.

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Learn to choose between ‘who’ and ‘whom’

Writers can stumble over who and whom (or whoever and whomever). If you write for business, this quiz can help make your copy above reproach.