Tax

IRS enforcement activities dropped in 2016

The IRS reported several large drops in its enforcement activities in fiscal year 2016, including a 16% drop in audits, a 40% drop in levies, and a 9% drop in liens compared to the prior year.

Hot jobs: Tax managers in high demand

“Tax manager” is one of the top high-demand positions on a “hot jobs” list distributed by global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Use of driver’s license numbers raises security concerns

The decision of the IRS and some states to recommend—or, in a few cases, require—the use of driver’s license numbers as form of authentication on electronically filed personal tax returns has made them a higher-value target for hackers and other criminals.

Disbarred tax preparer not subject to IRS jurisdiction

The IRS Office of Professional Responsibility has no authority or jurisdiction over a disbarred attorney/tax preparer or his tax preparation practice and cannot regulate his provision of tax advice a federal district court in Nevada has held.

New PATH for depreciation

Changes to 15-year and bonus depreciation rules and Sec. 179 expensing may deliver tax savings to business clients.

Line items

FBARs get automatic extensions...Eligibility rule waiver extended for tangible property regs. automatic method changes...Standard mileage rates for 2017

SPONSORED REPORT

Keeping client information safe in an age of scams and security threats

A look at the Dirty Dozen tax scams and ways to protect taxpayer information.

TAX PRACTICE CORNER

More R&D tax help

"Can I use the R&D credit?" PATH Act enhancements make the credit more attractive to a wider range of taxpayers.

QUIZ

Learn to choose between ‘who’ and ‘whom’

Writers can stumble over who and whom (or whoever and whomever). If you write for business, this quiz can help make your copy above reproach.