Are your children going back to school this fall? You may be able to offset some of the rising costs of higher education with tax breaks, although the benefits are phased out for certain taxpayers. Here’s a “tax primer” for parents to follow.

 A lack of basic internal controls can leave your company vulnerable to pilferage, embezzlement, and other types of misappropriation.

Suppose you discover a mistake or omission of an item on the 2013 federal tax return you recently filed. Should you ignore the error? Although it can depend on the nature and significance of the item, the answer is generally “no.” But the matter may be resolved by filing an amended 2013 return.

If you support someone – for instance, a child or an elderly relative – you may be entitled to claim a dependency exemption for that person on your federal tax return. The exemption, which is indexed annually, is $3,950 for 2014. However, this tax benefit is far from automatic.

Do you know what income is taxable and what income is not taxable? Generally, all income earned anywhere in the world is taxable unless the law specifically excludes it. That includes cash and non-cash receipts from sources such as bartering, discharge of debts, and illegal activities.