To Las Vegas With Microsoft

The Aicpa, in conjunction with Microsoft, will present the second annual Partner's Conference, designed to help partners lead their firms into business and technology consulting niches. Last year's conference attracted more than 1,200 participants, 90% of whom were firm partners.

This year, James Collins, author of Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, will deliver a keynote address. Breakout sessions will cover accounting systems consulting, Y2K consulting, moving clients from compliance to reliance, CPA WebTrust, attracting and retaining personnel and consulting business basics.

The conference will run from October 18 to 21 at Bally's Las Vegas. The cost is $995 for AICPA members and $1,095 for nonmembers. To register, call the AICPA at 888-777-7007.


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.