Hot Points For Your Next IT Exam

  • February 26, 2010

Our IT Security Specialist Chris Griesemer’s recent presentation at the Lunch’Learn – Technical Audits, Security and Best Practices in Finance and Banking seminar covered important points for financial institutions.

Do You Do Business In More Than One State? Considering Expansion To Other States? New Tax Laws To Keep In Mind.

  • February 8, 2010

As if the economic downturn wasn’t bad enough, state taxing authorities are on the warpath — and your business may very well be in their crosshairs. With budget woes approaching crisis point across the country (witness California’s well-publicized meltdown), state treasuries are stretched painfully thin. In response to their empty coffers, state taxing authorities are actively targeting both in-state and out-of-state companies for income and sales tax compliance.

Securing Your Customer Files And Information

  • February 5, 2010

We have been doing IT exams for more than ten years and one overriding area of concern we see constantly is customer privacy. This has become one of the hottest topics with examiners lately. The examiners have a tendency to tell you to do something without giving any guidance. You will not receive an explanation on how to achieve their goals and sometimes they don’t even explain why. Customer information is one example. Why does it need to be so secure? This question has a lot of answers, but this article will focus on the internal risks.

IRS Chooses To Wait For Congress To Act On Employer-Provided Cell Phone Tax Rules

  • February 1, 2010

IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman has announced that the IRS will no longer attempt to draft rules on the taxation of employer-provided cell phones. Instead, Shulman reported that the agency will wait for Congress to take action. The commissioner made this announcement during a January 8 television interview. "We're quite hopeful Congress is going to act on this," Shulman stated, "In the meantime, we're not doing anything special or moving forward with any initiatives."

FAQ: Did Congress Extend COBRA Premium Assistance For Individuals Involuntarily Terminated From Employment In 2010?

  • February 1, 2010

Yes, but only for a limited time. In late December 2009, Congress passed the 2010 Defense Appropriations Act (2010 Defense Act). The new law temporarily extends the eligibility period for COBRA premium assistance through February 28, 2010 and the duration of the subsidy for an additional six months (up to 15 months).

Fate Of Health Care Reform, Estate Tax Unclear As Congress Returns To Work

  • February 1, 2010

January brought two surprises to Capitol Hill. Health care reform, which appeared to be on a fast track to enactment, was significantly slowed by the Democrats' loss of their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Congress also did not pass a retroactive extension of the federal estate tax for 2010, leaving intact, at least for the immediate future, a new carryover basis regime. The new make-up of the Senate is expected to shift Congress' focus to more job creation measures, possibly with some targeted business tax cuts.