The FDIC added a tool to its Web site that allows depositors at failed institutions to determine coverage on their deposits. The tool is available to depositors of insured institutions that fail after July 1, 2008. The first depositors to use the tool were from IndyMac Bank, the $32 billion institution that failed in July. Through Aug. 25, four banks had been added: First Heritage Bank of Newport Beach, Calif., First National Bank of Reno, Nev., First Priority Bank of Bradenton, Fla., and The Columbian Bank and Trust of Topeka, Kan.

The tool is at The FDIC says the tool is available to depositors no later than the first business day after a failure.


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.