Stranger in a Strange Plan

Media reports highlighting the hazards of so-called stranger-originated (also known as stranger-owned) life insurance (STOLI) prompted U.S. House tax writers to ask Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to investigate the practice as well as consider issuing guidance on its tax implications and help Congress notify “elderly taxpayers of the adverse tax consequences of investing in a product that is in fact ‘too good to be true.’ ” Reps. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., and Phil English, R-Pa., the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee of the House Committee on Ways and Means, wrote Paulson in November. Aggressively promoted life insurance policies purchased by investors in the secondary market may in some instances subject those insured to unexpected inclusion of taxable income, the congressmen said.


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.


Tips for first-year auditors

For a new auditor, the first busy season can be an exciting time and a fantastic opportunity for professional growth. Here are suggestions for new auditors and those who nurture their development.