Documentation Tips for Tax Season

With the increasing complexities in tax law and regulations facing CPAs today in light of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("Tax Act," "Act" or "TCJA"), which introduced the most significant changes to the U.S. tax system since 1986, it is even more difficult to stay current on risk management and loss prevention practices.

Tax Tip – Documenting Advice and Decisions

Failing to document important information is a common mistake that often leads to claims. If it is not in writing, it may be presumed later in court that it didn’t happen. Juries and the public generally consider CPAs to be experts in documentation, and falling short of that expectation when faced with a liability lawsuit may be viewed as negligent and below the standard of care.

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  • 08 Jan

    Avoiding estate tax return claims

    Late-filing penalties for estate tax returns are often used as grounds for professional liability claims against CPAs, in large part because of their cost: Given the steeply progressive tax rates for estate tax and rapidly accruing penalties, they often exceed $300,000. Here are some tips ... read more

  • 20 Dec

    Ransomware Still a Problem – Pre-Tax Season Cyber Tips

    CAMICO's reported cyber-related claims show hacker attacks on CPA firm email systems were the most frequent cause of losses for firms for the 14-month period from July 2018 through August 2019. These claims accounted for almost two-thirds of cyber-related claims.

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  • 05 Dec

    Six Tips for Safe Holiday Celebrations

    Employer-hosted events to celebrate the holidays and thank employees for jobs well done often come with liability and other risks when the events include alcohol.

    "Impaired judgment and lowered inhibitions as a result of alcohol consumption give rise to a variety of dangers,... read more