Tax accounting (methods and periods)

New Form 3115 is required, IRS announces

The IRS alerted the public that a new Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, has been issued with a revision date of December 2015, the first revision since 2009.

Guidance on repair regs. updates accounting method change procedures

The IRS in late February issued the second part of guidance on accounting method changes under the so-called repair regulations, which govern the treatment of expenditures incurred in acquiring, producing, or improving tangible assets (Rev. Proc. 2014-17, modifying and superseding Rev. Proc. 2012-20). The first part of the updated procedures

Automatic consent for changing accounting methods under the “repair regs.”

The IRS recently issued Rev. Proc. 2014-16 describing the procedures to obtain automatic consent for changing to accounting methods required or permitted under the “repair” final regulations (T.D. 9636) and temporary regulations (T.D. 9564). The final regulations are effective for tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014, but


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.