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Risk Alert: Risk Management Related to Loan and Debt Relief Application Assistance

In Professional Liability, Risk Management

The confusion surrounding the introduction of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) and other loan options provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and other stimulus activities have small businesses turning to their CPAs for help, especially as it relates to assistance with loan applications. This alert outlines risk mitigation activities to be undertaken by CPA firms related to this service. Note that additional guidance on this topic is b

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AICPA Member Insurance Programs COVID-19 Resource Center

In News,

In unprecedented times like these that bring personal and professional challenges, AICPA Member Insurance Programs is here to serve you, just as we’ve done for more than 70 years.
This Resource Center will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available. Or simply contact us, and our AICPA Risk Advisors will be glad to assist. Stay safe, stay well. Together we are stronger and more resilient than ever.

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RiskAlert CPA Responsibility With Respect to Client Reporting of Foreign Assets A Second Look

In Business Insurance, Professional Liability, Risk Management

Two years ago, we first wrote about CPA responsibility with respect to client reporting of foreign financial accounts and filing Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). Since then, federal regulators have provided additional FBAR guidance as summarized in recent developments below. Recently, the voluntary disclosure program for people not previously reporting offshore accounts was reopened, providing them with another opportunity to become current with their taxes and filing obligations.

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Is Someone Posing as You This Halloween?

In Business Insurance, Professional Liability

Halloween is the one night of the year when we put on a costume and have fun pretending to be someone we’re not. But identity thieves do the same thing every day, when they pretend to be someone else so they can steal that person’s assets. Using just three personal identifiers (such as SSN or date of birth) they may be able to convince your bank or health insurer that they are you. They can then take over your accounts, have your statements sent to their own address, and set about draining your accounts.

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Identity Theft Protection: The State of the Art Benefit that Grows in Value Every Year

In Business Insurance, Professional Liability

Identity theft is a booming business, with nearly 60 million Americans affected. Corporations like Target, Uber, eBay, Home Depot, LinkedIn and Equifax continue to be breached by hackers, and 30% of those whose information was exposed in a breach will eventually experience identity theft. Just in the year 2017, nearly eight billion records were exposed via a data breach.

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A cyber-attack could spell disaster for your CPA firm

In Business Insurance, Professional Liability, Professional Liability, , Information Technology

As aggregators of financial data, CPA firms are entrusted with their clients’ personal and financial information. As such, they’re primary targets for cybercrimes. Any size firm can fall victim. In fact, while more than half (55%) of all small businesses surveyed have already been the victim of a cyber-attack, 8% of all cyber claims are related to professional services firms.

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If your spouse died today, would you be prepared?

In Personal Insurance, Life Insurance, Spouse Life, Spouse Protection, Protect Your Family

The death of a spouse is a loss no one wants to face, but unfortunately, it is a tragedy that you may have to deal with. If the worst happens, it’s important to have a plan in place to help work through what can be an emotional and difficult time. Here are 5 things you can do now to help be prepared, so that if you or your spouse suffers an untimely loss, you have the measures in place to help you cope.

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Popular Journal of Accountancy article – Drawing the line: Providing tax advice related to the Affordable Care Act.

In Business Insurance, Professional Liability, Journal of Accountancy

Drawing the line: Providing tax advice related to the Affordable Care Act. CPAs who provide tax planning services may be well-positioned to provide clients with PPACA-related advice regarding the tax and cost issues associated with selecting health insurance plans. But other matters go beyond the scope of the CPA’s expertise. Click here to read more.

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Risk Alert: AICPA Releases Informed Client Consent Letter for Tangible Property Regulations.

In Professional Liability, Tax Services, Articles

As stated in our February 24, 2015 Risk Alert, the IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2015-20, which provided relief to qualified small businesses and permits these businesses to apply the Tangible Property Regulations on a prospective basis. If you are a policyholder and would like to read the full Risk Alert article, please click here to log in to the Policyholder Resource Center.

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Tax Season Webinar: Tax Extenders, Repair Regulations and More! – Tips to Minimize Professional Liability Risk during the 2015 Tax Season

In Business Insurance, Professional Liability, Professional Liability

In this CNA-sponsored webinar, panelists discuss the challenges facing CPAs in the upcoming 2015 tax season. Participants will obtain tips on how to minimize professional liability risk associated with late passage of tax extender legislation, implementation of the tangible personal property regulations and filing requirements applicable to foreign income, assets and bank accounts. View the Tax Season Webinar.

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The Treasury Finalizes Its Proposed Changes to Circular 230

In Business Insurance, Policyholder Resource Center

On June 9, 2014 the Department of the Treasury issued its finalized regulations regarding written tax advice. Since then, many questions have arisen regarding the elimination of the ubiquitous Circular 230 disclaimer from all written communications, including emails, and whether a "replacement" disclaimer is needed. Login to the Policyholder Resource Center to read the full Risk Alert>

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