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A FASB statement will provide guidance on asset retirement obligations related to tangible long-lived assets, such as factories or storage facilities, that require expensive cleanup when decommissioned. The standard will focus on recognition and initial and subsequent measurement of liability, allocation of asset retirement cost and financial statement disclosures ( ).

Businesses should test for impairment of the fair value of goodwill at least annually, says FASB, unless events or circumstances dictate more frequent appraisal. This tentative position emerges as FASB draws nearer to issuing final rules on business combinations ( ; ; ).


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.