New and Increased Filing Penalties for Businesses

Among the revenue offsetting provisions of HR 3648, the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007, were increases in penalties on partnerships and S corporations for failure to timely file returns. The monthly penalty for failure to file required partnership returns on time (absent any extension) was increased from $50 per partner to $85 per partner. The maximum number of months the penalty may be assessed was increased from five to 12. Likewise, for S corporations, the act added new IRC § 6699, which imposes a penalty of $85 per month per shareholder for failure to timely file. The penalties are effective for returns required to be filed after the law’s enactment in December 2007.

Relief provisions of the act included most prominently the exclusion of discharge-of-indebtedness income of up to $2 million received on or after Jan. 1, 2007, from forgiveness of a mortgage on a taxpayer’s qualified principal residence.


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.