TIGTA: Process for complaints against preparers is too slow

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said in Rep’t No. 2014-40-056 that its audit indicated the IRS does not timely process complaints it receives against tax return preparers. Of 8,354 complaints the IRS received in 2012 and part of 2013, no work had yet been done on 47%, or 3,953, as of Sept. 11, 2013. Nearly half of those cases awaiting work were 60 or more days old, and a significant number had not been entered into the IRS’s case inventory until 34 to 64 days after their receipt. Moreover, the IRS lacks sufficient procedures to make sure its processing of complaints is accurate and consistent, TIGTA said. The IRS agreed to establish procedures to process complaints more timely, consistently, and accurately.


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.