Smart stops on the Web.

Resources You Can Bank On
This site, maintained by Legal Information Institutea research arm of Cornell Law Schoolprovides a collection of recent and historic Supreme Court decisions. There is also a large section devoted to banking, which includes the text of federal statutes and agency regulations as well as state statutes and judicial decisions.

The Future of Banking
At the Web site of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, a law firm, click on the specialized pages menu entry to find the 21st Century Banking Alert page. This online publication discusses electronic developments and trends that will shape the future of banking. Another online publication, BancMail , provides updates on current developments in banking and financial services. You can have both publications delivered to your e-mail address free of charge by filling out an online subscription form.

International Banking Links
Hieros Gamos is a legal site offering discussions and links to other Web sites on international banking law. Also included are links to programs and agenciessuch as the U.S. Treasury Department, the Export-Import Bank of the United States and the FDICas well as links to U.S. federal and state citations.

Laws and Regulations
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporations site includes four comprehensive sections: FDIC rules and regulations, Federal Register citations, a Federal Register and text of statutes search site and a page on important banking legislation.

SEC Puts Handbook Online
The SEC has an online draft available of A Plain English Handbook: How to Create Clear SEC Disclosure Documents . A final hard-copy version can be ordered by calling 800-732-0330.

Better than Buying
The Equipment Leasing Association offers free advice on topics such as evaluating your companys data-processing needs. It also provides detailed reasons why leasing equipment can be a better option than buying.

Know Your Newsgroup
Susan Wasserman, CPA/PFS, has posted links and advice relating to financial planning. However, the best article on her site is about how she created the financial planning newsgroup listed below.

For Financial Planners
Really a smart stop on the Usenet, this newsgroup for the past two years has provided a place for financial planners to talk to each other.

A Big State Helps Small Businesses
The Small Business Development Center of Northeast Texas can help small businesses anywhere. Its site has helpful business links to newsletters, franchise assistance and government and private resources.


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.