Better Ideas


The 50-cent alternative: In the March issue (page 77), I mentioned a $129 pocket-size backup power source for laptops and cell phones. Reader Jordan Krolick, a CPA in ­Marietta, Ga., suggests a 50-cent alternative. Carry one of those 3-in-1 electric plugs. With such a plug, you can offer to share an outlet at an airport with at least two other users using just a one-plug wall outlet. The versatile plug is also handy for use in hotel rooms with few easily accessible outlets and when you want to recharge your laptop and cell phone at the same time.


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.