Retirement


The Institute released Understanding Social Security Reform: The Issues and Alternatives, a comprehensive analysis by AICPA tax, accounting and economic specialists of the benefits and drawbacks of many current reform proposals. The report assesses the program’s financial condition; its importance to the elderly living in poverty; how reform could affect the redistribution of income and workers’ retirement plans; how to balance investment risk with the pursuit of higher returns; and the funding challenges reform might involve ( www.aicpa.org/members/socsec.htm ). “The Social Security system’s viability affects most Americans,” said Thomas P. Ochsenschlager, AICPA vice-president of taxation, “so it’s important to thoroughly analyze the issues before making any changes. Our study adds knowledge to the debate.”

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IRS sets start date for tax season

The IRS announced that tax season will start in late January and that it will issue refunds to taxpayers despite the partial shutdown of the federal government.

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