Eye on Franchising

Franchising is more popular than ever before. During the previous three years, nearly 900 new franchising concepts were launched, 500 of them in 2005 alone, according to a study by FRANdata of Arlington, Va.

In fact, franchised businesses now account for nearly 10% of the nation’s private-sector economy and employ more than 18 million Americans, according to the International Franchise Association.

For operators, it can be a way to start with built-in brand marketing and name recognition, plus support from other franchisees and the franchiser.


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.