Tax Services Standards Issued


In late July the AICPA tax executive committee approved as final eight Statements on Standards for Tax Services (SSTSs), which superseded and replaced Statements on Responsibilities in Tax Practice. (See “Standards for Tax Services Proposed,” JofA, June00, page 77.) Although the substance of the rules contained in each statement, as well as the title and the number, remain the same, the language has been edited to clarify and reflect the enforceable nature of these standards. (The AICPA council designated the tax executive committee as a standard-setting body in October 1999.)

Members are expected to comply with the new standards, and violations could subject members to an ethics investigation. The text of the eight SSTSs—as well as an interpretation of SSTS no. 1, Tax Return Positions, which was also approved by the committee in July—is reprinted in full in this issue (see Official Releases, page 139).


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.


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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.