More than half of all professional liability claims against accountants are tax-related, according to insurance industry executives. As accountants plunge ahead into their busy season, they should take note of their increasing exposure.Although audit malpractice claims are the highest in terms of severity, the most frequent claims are those for tax services, said Joe Wolfe, assistant vice president for risk control at CNA, in an interview last fall. CNA is the underwriter for the American Institute of CPAs' professional liability insurance program.

"Tax work still has the highest frequency of claims," agreed Tom Herendeen, vice president of the specialty lines division of Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance.

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