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Members of the House and Senate submit bills that would make it easier for small businesses, including community banks, to incorporate under subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code. Under it, shareholders—but not the company—pay tax on the entity’s income, unlike C corporations, which are taxed at both levels. Proponents say passage of the bills would greatly improve smaller banks’ competitiveness ( www.aba.com/Press+Room/reform072001.htm ).

Automated underwriting systems at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) and the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) get a common data format, as the two agencies adopt extensible markup language (XML) data specifications ( www.mbaa.org/news/2001/pr0723a.html ).

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Technology assessments may open the door to new engagement opportunities for your firm. What is a technology assessment? How do you perform one? JofA Tech Q&A author J. Carlton Collins shows you in a detailed explanation.

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Maximizing the higher education tax credits

A counterintuitive strategy can save taxes by including otherwise excludable scholarships in gross income.