To help airlines and insurers quickly raise essential capital in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the SEC simplifies its securities registration process and sets up special telephone (202-942-2816) and e-mail ( ) response systems to answer registrants’ financing and disclosure questions. ( )

The SEC asks securities brokers and dealers, investment advisers, mutual fund companies and transfer agents to voluntarily provide any information they have on the growing list of individuals and organizations the FBI is investigating in relation to the Pentagon and World Trade Center attacks. ( )

The SEC proposes amendments to regulation S-T, which governs the commission’s electronic data gathering, analysis and retrieval (EDGAR) system. The changes would require foreign private issuers and foreign governments to submit their securities filings through EDGAR. According to the SEC, this would increase efficiency and give the public easier access to information on foreign registrants, who currently are permitted, but not required, to file electronically. Comments are due to the SEC by December 3. ( )


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.