Governmental Accounting


The Financial Accounting and Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) requests comments on an exposure draft. Titled Accounting for National Defense PP&E and Associated Cleanup Costs, the ED amends current standards for ND property, plant and equipment by changing its definition, the method of accounting for it and the information reported about it. The ED also proposes that such PP&E consist of two separate categories of items—major end items and mission-support items. This approach, FASAB says, makes it easier to apply expense recognition standards and disclosures for different types of these items. Comments are due by November 29. (


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.