Cafeteria Plans Get Full-Menu Regs

The IRS updated, clarified and consolidated several previously issued proposed regulations concerning employee benefits under IRC section 125, better known as cafeteria plans. The new sections in REG-142695-05 clarify the definition of a cafeteria plan and guidance changes since the superseded regulations were published (the earliest in 1984) and include new guidance on debit cards and grace periods for using flexible spending arrangements after the end of a plan year. Comments on the regulations and three outstanding issues are requested by Nov. 5 at .


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.