Car 54, Where Are You?

Police officers and firefighters who are permitted to drive their official vehicles home are exempt from the arrangement’s being considered a fringe benefit includable in income or subject to substantiation requirements of IRC § 274(d)(4), since the vehicles are considered unlikely to be used for personal purposes more than a minimal amount. In June, the IRS issued proposed and temporary regulations widening the provision to encompass vehicles used by “public safety officers,” which include law enforcement officers, rescue squad workers, ambulance crew members and chaplains who serve a governmental unit or agency in an official capacity. A public safety officer may be paid or unpaid, but vehicles must be clearly marked by insignia or words. See REG-106897- 08.


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.