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SEC unveils goals for next 4 years

Technology and data are top of mind for the SEC in the initial draft of its   strategic plan   for fiscal years 2018–2022. The SEC sets three goals in the document, which was released for comment on Tuesday, but the overarching theme is the...

AICPA report: Seniors increasingly targeted for investment fraud

The average American's lifespan is increasing, and many retirees fear that they won't have enough money in savings, investments, or Social Security benefits to cover their remaining years. As a result, they are vulnerable to fraudulent investment...

AICPA advocates for IRS tax guidance priorities

The AICPA submitted a   letter   to the IRS recommending priorities for guidance the Service should issue under the 2018–2019 IRS Priority Guidance Plan. In late April, the IRS in   Notice 2018-43   asked the public to comment on items of...

Need for IRS Guidance on New Pass-Through Deduction A Top Member Concern

When will the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issue guidance on new Internal Revenue Code section 199A?  That’s the number one question on CPAs’ minds related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The answer is soon, according to Acting IRS...

Draft 2019 Form W-4 and instructions posted

The IRS issued a draft version of the 2019 Form W-4,   Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate , and instructions for the form, in an attempt to further simplify the task of determining income tax withholding for individual taxpayers...

Planning ideas from Form 1040 (and beyond)

Form 1040,   U.S. Individual Income Tax Return , is one of the most important documents that CPAs who do tax work will encounter. In addition to providing a view of the current tax situation, the form also provides insights into planning...

Add value to audits with client-focused analytics

Accounting services are rapidly becoming commoditized, and when clients don’t perceive a clear difference between service providers, they may choose the least expensive option. This is especially true for audit services, where clients...

Inter-entity cost accounting rules amended for federal agencies

A new accounting standard issued Thursday amends accounting rules for recognition of U.S. federal agencies’ inter-entity costs. The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) issued Statement of Federal Financial Accounting...

U.S. companies keen on hiring, but they see fewer candidates

Two indicators of the nation’s economic strength are colliding: demand for employees at a time when the labor pool is almost dry. Buoyed by optimism in the broader economy — including expectations of increasing revenue, profits, and...

Standard mileage rates, depreciation amounts updated

The IRS on Friday provided information to taxpayers about changes in the use of standard mileage rates and increased depreciation limits for passenger automobiles as a result of P.L. 115-97, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which made...

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