Independence Standards Course Offered on CD-ROM

The AICPA is introducing Independence, a CD-ROM CPE course that reviews the Institute’s authoritative literature on independence standards, including newly issued SECPS requirements; SEC independence regulations; and Independence Standards Board standards.

The six-hour interactive course features testing and review modules, an extensive reference section, a glossary of key terms, links to relevant Web sites, an option for sending questions to the AICPA by e-mail and access to downloadable updates. The course’s reference section includes AICPA rule 101 and related interpretations 01 through 14; ethics rulings on independence, integrity and objectivity, as applicable (ET 191); SEC rule 2–01 on qualifications of accountants; SEC sections 601 and 602 of the Codification of Financial Reporting Policies; SECPS independence quality controls; and ISB Standards nos. 1 and 2.

The AICPA recommends that six hours of CPE credit be granted to those completing the course (product no. 739035), which can be ordered by calling 1-888-777-7077. The cost to members is $89; to nonmembers, $109.


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.