More About Diversity

I found the two letters about diversity in the July 1998 Journal of Accountancy disturbing. The article "Minority Issues at Forefront" (JofA, Jan.98, page 13), encouraging more diversity in our profession, was refreshing. Nothing in the article suggested that we lower our standards in order to allow more minorities to become members. It did point out correctly that we as a profession need to question why minorities are underrepresented in our ranks.

The AICPA should search for ways to attract more minorities and develop programs with education and industry to ensure that minority groups receive adequate training to meet the high standards of our profession. As an AICPA member, I would applaud such efforts.

Leo Hudetz, CPA
Billings, Montana


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

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