Smart Stops on the Web

BY MEGAN PINKSTON

  

 
 
 
TAX

BIG RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
www.irs.gov/businesses/small

Whether you own a small business or work for one, this IRS site sorts out tax-related information so you don’t have to. There’s an A–Z index that lets you search by business type or by subject. It lists the necessary forms for each and links to information on starting up, closing down and everything in between. You also can sign up for the “e-News for Small Businesses” electronic newsletter or download complimentary tax products, including tax calendars and videos. And, of course, there’s plenty of guidance on e-filing and forms for both small businesses with employees and the self-employed.

CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM
www.improveirs.org

Got a beef with the IRS? The Taxpayer Advisory Panel, a federal advisory committee established under the authority of the Treasury Department, is a group of volunteers working to improve the Service. Its Web site features a comment box and phone number where citizens can make suggestions. You can also view taxpayer suggestions that have become proposals, which range from the general (improving the quality of customer service), to the picky (adding lines to forms) to the technical (expanding the third-party authorization On The Web time frame). Want to join the panel? There’s information on becoming a member in the FAQ section.

KNOW THE LAW
http://tax.cchgroup.com/legislation

Turn to this site for coverage of new tax legislation and analysis of its impact on taxpayers and tax professionals, plus comments on proposed tax law reform. Click on the “Full CCH Coverage Here” links for access to “Tax Briefing” PDFs, which include in-depth analyses of the legislations’ tax credits, deductions and effective dates. The site also offers “Quick Tax Facts” PDFs for several pieces of legislation, including the Small Business and Work Opportunity Act of 2007; Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006; and the Pension Protection Act of 2006.

GENERAL INTEREST

FEDERAL FOCUS
www.sec.gov/spotlight.shtml

Visit this site for a rundown of hot topics on the SEC’s radar—including internal control reporting divisions, XBRL initiatives and IFRS. You can access transcripts and webcasts of roundtable discussions on mutual recognition, the proxy process and hedge funds, as well as information on the SEC’s new Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting (see “Seeking Clarity,” page 30). You also can revisit older topics such as auditor independence and corporate officer statements that have been retired to the “Archive” page (www.sec.gov/spotlight/spotarchive.htm).

PART OF THE COMMUNITY
www.questamente.com

This Stop provides an online network for Hispanic entrepreneurs and business professionals. The job board, where you can post a resume or advertise a position, lets you search by location, job type, salary and languages required. The “Library” features weekly articles on working smarter and interviews with successful business owners. Members can read the site’s blog—offered in English and Spanish—or post social-networking profiles, then add friends interested in discussing business matters. Click on the “Office Party” tab to chat live with other Hispanic professionals.

THE JOB BANK
www.jobsinthemoney.com

Find a new job or fill an open position at this Smart Stop for accounting, banking, finance and wealth management professionals. Users can search targeted job postings while employers and recruiters can browse for potential candidates by career level and accounting specialty. Click on “Career News and Advice” for original articles—including career news, advice and tips for marketing yourself—from the site’s editors, or check back daily for new posts on the CareerWire Blog (http://jobsinthemoney.blogspot.com ), such as “Recruiters Hunt in Association Directories” and “Ace the Interview at Age 50+.”

A BUSINESS MIND
www.fromgregshead.com

This award-winning site from Gregory Price, CPA/CITP, CISA, CFE, director of consulting solutions at Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas P.C., features “insight, information and commentary on accounting and technology trends,” including coverage of professional conferences and software. On Fridays, Price posts installments from “PKF Texas—The Entrepreneur’s Playbook,” a series of best practices and tips from his BusinessMakers Radio Show. Audio files can be found on the Entrepreneur’s Playbook page of the PKF Texas Web site (www.pkftexas.com/pkf/The_Entrepreneur%27s_Playbook.asp?).

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VIDEO

Will the Affordable Care Act be repealed?

The results of the 2016 presidential election are likely to have a big impact on federal tax policy in the coming years. Eddie Adkins, CPA, a partner in the Washington National Tax Office at Grant Thornton, discusses what parts of the ACA might survive the repeal of most of the law.

QUIZ

News quiz: Scam email plagues tax professionals—again

Even as the IRS reported on success in reducing tax return identity theft in the 2016 season, the Service also warned tax professionals about yet another email phishing scam. See how much you know about recent news with this short quiz.