How Much FDIC Coverage Do You Have?

  • 21 March 2023
  • Author: machele
  • Number of views: 38

In early March, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank unexpectedly collapsed. They became the second and third largest bank failures in U.S. history, respectively. The largest collapse involved Washington Mutual in 2008, precipitating the Great Recession. (See "Two Banks Collapse in One Week" at right.)

The recent regional bank failures have caused many individual depositors and business owners to question whether their accounts will be protected by the FDIC and what they should do if their banks fail.

Key SECURE 2.0 Provisions for Employers

  • 20 February 2023
  • Author: machele
  • Number of views: 129
The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement 2.0 Act (SECURE 2.0) includes important changes that will affect employer-sponsored retirement plans and self-employed people looking to save for retirement. Here's an overview of key provisions for small business owners who currently offer a retirement plan — or want to add retirement saving benefits in the future.

4 Tax Breaks for Home Improvements

  • 3 January 2023
  • Author: machele
  • Number of views: 269
Are you contemplating some significant improvements to your home? Whether it's adding a pool to assist with a medical condition, finishing a basement or installing energy-saving equipment, you may be in line for generous tax breaks under current law. Here are four potential building blocks.

The AICPA’s tax policy and advocacy work: 2022 highlights

By Eileen Reichenberg Sherr, CPA, CGMA, and Lauren Pfingstag Vahey

  • 20 December 2022
  • Author: machele
  • Number of views: 321
Two teams at the AICPA work closely together and with our organization's members to advocate on tax regulatory and legislative matters that affect the profession: the AICPA Tax Policy & Advocacy team and the AICPA Congressional & Political Affairs team. The year 2022 proved to be eventful for federal tax policy and kept our teams and members busy submitting over 60 comment letters to Congress, Treasury, and the IRS, relating to several major legislative bills containing tax provisions signed into law, continued IRS taxpayer and practitioner service problems, and tax administrative changes.

The Wide-Ranging Inflation Reduction Act Is Signed Into Law

Congress has passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and President Biden signed it into law on August 16.

  • 6 September 2022
  • Author: machele
  • Number of views: 703

The $740 billion law contains many tax breaks and raises revenue through a new minimum tax on large, profitable corporations and an excise tax on stock buybacks. It's intended to reduce the U.S. deficit by about $300 billion. Other revenue would come from stricter enforcement of tax compliance by the IRS.

Here are some highlights of the new legislation.