Are Extended Warranties Worth The Cost?


Should I purchase an extended warranty when I buy a new computer?

In my opinion, no. I know they sound awfully attractive. After all, wouldn’t it be great to just pick up the phone and have the insurance company send a repairperson?

But in my experience and in the experience of the editors of Consumer Reports, new computers—and all high-tech items, for that matter—fail so infrequently after the manufacturers’ warranties run out that the insurance policies are almost never used. Most such policies often produce a bigger profit for the retailer than does the computer itself.


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.