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A busy year
The biggest stories in accounting this year were a mix of specific events and broader trends that played out over months (many, indeed, are still playing out).
With that in mind, here are our editors picks for the professions biggest stories of the year.
You can view a text-only version of this list here.
Tough times at the IRS
2015 introduced one of the most appalling euphemisms of the recent past: the courtesy disconnect, where IRS operators would disconnect callers who had waited on hold for two hours. Hamstrung by budget cuts, the IRS was able to deliver only the meagerest taxpayer service in what was already going to be a difficult season and it spent the rest of the year reminding Congress and anyone else who would listen how bad it was, which may explain why it got $290 million in extra funding to help with taxpayer service and to fight ID theft.