The federal Identity Theft Task Force launched a new Web site at that outlines the Task Force’s Strategic Plan for preventing identity theft, assisting victims of identity theft crimes and prosecuting identity thieves.

The Strategic Plan was developed with input from 17 federal agencies. The Task Force, which was created in May 2006, examined law enforcement’s tools for the prevention, investigation and prosecution of identity theft; surveyed educational efforts by government agencies and the private sector on how individuals and businesses can protect personal data; and determined how the government can better safeguard private data held by it and private businesses. The Web site also lists the actions being taken by several federal agencies to combat identity theft.


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.