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Latest Articles

  • PCAOB to Hold Forums for Small Firms in Five Cities This Year

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Apr 19, 2024
    The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) will host a series of five in-person forums this year on auditing in the small business environment and on auditing broker-dealers.
  • After Tax Day, Several Tax and Budget Policy Issues Gain Prominence

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Apr 18, 2024
    With tax season over and a presidential election season already in full swing, there are plenty of tax-related issues to follow. Many of them involve the outlines of President Joe Biden’s proposed fiscal year 2025 budget, which includes protecting and expanding the Affordable Care Act, providing an annual mortgage tax credit for new homebuyers, restoring the Child Tax Credit and introducing a minimum tax on billionaires.
  • Pension Funds Taking Advantage of Stock Gains by Shifting Billions to Bonds, Private Markets

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Apr 18, 2024
    Pension funds are taking their gains from their flourishing stock portfolios and putting them into bonds or private markets. The S&P 500 gained 10 percent through the end of March, its best first-quarter performance since 2019, and interest rates are higher than they have been in decades. That is leading large retirement funds to rotate their positions.
  • Senate Committee Report Details How Older Fraud Victims Had to Pay Taxes on Stolen Money

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Apr 17, 2024
    Fraud schemes that target older Americans can cause significant tax liability as well as financial  devastation, according to a recent report by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. That is because the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act removed a deduction for theft loss, the report found.
  • IRS Commissioner Advocates for Continued Funding in Senate Finance Committee Hearing

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Apr 17, 2024
    Testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance on April 16, IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel began with a review of this past tax season as he answered questions about the agency’s proposed budget.
  • Some Taxpayers Wait Years for Refunds

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Apr 16, 2024
    While the IRS tells taxpayers that their refunds usually come within three weeks of filing, some aren’t so lucky, as they could wait years.
  • IRS Touts 2024 Filing Season Improvements

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Apr 16, 2024

    With tax season 2024 concluded, the IRS highlighted some of its recent improvements, which, it said, provided expanded service for millions of taxpayers.

  • On Tax Day, IRS Readied for Flurry of Last-Minute Filings

    By:
    Ruth Singleton
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    Apr 15, 2024
    On Monday, the IRS was preparing for an onslaught of last-minute filings. The IRS has already received over 100 million tax returns, and tens of millions more were expected to be filed before the deadline.
  • Regulatory Roundup: April 9-15

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Apr 15, 2024

    With so many regulators out there, it can be tough to keep track of all the decisions being made. This is the NYSSCPA's regular series that collects relevant regulatory announcements from the past week and puts them in one place to help you stay on top of the issues.

  • IRS Commissioner Werfel Reflects on His First Year

    By:
    S.J. Steinhardt
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    Apr 15, 2024
    As the IRS has made improvements over the last year, in no small part due to an infusion of funding from the Inflation Reduction Act, “despair has turned to cautious optimism,” National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins wrote this year in her report to Congress. To commemorate his first year as commissioner, Danny Werfel sat for an interview.