A look back on the top tax stories in 2016
The biggest tax story of 2016 didn’t actually happen during tax season and may become an even bigger story in 2017. The dozens of changes the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act made to the tax code became the biggest story – and stories – of 2016. Passed in December 2015, the PATH Act dominated the H&R Block Newsroom, making up nearly one-third of site traffic this summer and fall.
The Newsroom reported the law in detail in a series of articles and videos, which covered the PATH Act’s:
- delay of millions of refunds until at least February 15,
- permanent extensions of many tax benefits,
- renewal requirements for Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs),
- eligibility changes for certain tax credits,
- expansion of other tax benefits,
- increasing cost of making mistakes and
- impact on small business.
Highlighting the People of Block
But the Newsroom also told some more personal stories over the year, including two profiles of H&R Block tax professionals who got their start with H&R Block’s Income Tax Course (ITC). Kristy Brown-Maldonado and Roshelle Fetzer told their stories of falling in love with learning and taxes. More than one in 10 Newsroom visits are to ITC-related pages, and Brown-Maldonado’s and Fetzer’s stories gave visitors a new look at the ITC and its students.
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By Annelise Wiens
As the newsroom editor, Annelise Wiens is interested in more than just tax and industry news, but the stories of H&R Block's 80,000 associates, their communities and H&R Block's world headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. Wiens joined H&R Block in 2014 from a public relations agency, where she worked with clients in the financial services industry. Before that, she worked as a communicator for a senior member of the United States House of Representatives. She graduated from Biola University in La Mirada, CA with a bachelor's degree in history.