Is Your Software Illegal?

If it is, your business could face serious legal, financial and technological risks.

According to the Business Software Alliance, small businesses paid more than $11.4 million in fines to settle software piracy claims in 2006, and they face the greatest risk for software piracy, not only due to their lack of established software management practices, but also because they’re less likely to recognize the benefits of software policies.The organization recently partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration to produce a range of educational materials that communicate proper software strategies to small businesses. Coined “Software Strategies for Small Businesses,” the program resources include best practices publications, free software audit tools, e-newsletters and Web seminars.

Visit for a calendar of online events or for more information on the program.

Source: Small Business Administration,


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.