Risk Management Tips for Tax Season

With the increasing complexities in tax law and regulations facing CPAs today, it is even more difficult to stay current on risk management and loss prevention practices. IMPACT presents the following overview of key liability areas, pitfalls and tips as a guide for tax practitioners heading into busy season.

DOL Employee Benefit Plan Audit Inspections

Special attention should be paid to a new consent form now accompanying document requests from the Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA) under the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). Recent OCA document requests now include a request for the CPA to consent to the release of the CPA’s audit workpapers to other authorities. Many CPAs, believing they are required to sign the consent or not aware of its implications, are signing the consent.

February Tip of the Month – Avoiding Estate Tax Planning Disputes

Tax issues involving estate tax planning are frequently prone to disputes and claims. This is due in part to the long period of time that generally falls between the time when estate planning decisions are made, and the time when the results of the decisions are known.

Memories of the CPA’s advice and the client’s decisions fade over time, making documentation of the advice and decisions all the more important. Making matters worse, heirs typically aren’t involved in the planning and may allege that the decisions weren’t understood by the deceased.

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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