Estate Tax Take Little Changed

Despite higher exemptions of taxable estates and far fewer returns filed, revenue collected from the estate tax slipped only slightly from 2001 to 2005, the IRS said. The number of returns fell 58%, but total estate tax revenue declined only 8% to $21.6 billion. The phenomenon indicates that estates with less than $1.5 million, the exemption amount for 2004, account for a relatively small share of estate tax liability, the IRS said. The phenomenon is likely to persist through 2010 as the tax attenuates and disappears before returning in 2011 to levels of a decade earlier.


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.