Financial Reporting


 


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FINANCIAL REPORTING

Following the World Trade Center's destruction, airlines, hotels, insurers and other financial services companies wrestle with financial reporting issues related to the disaster. In response, FASB's emerging issues task force takes tentative positions on when financial statements should classify as extraordinary certain losses or other costs related to the incident, when to recognize such losses or costs and whether financial statements should provide additional information about the attack's economic consequences. (www.fasb.org/eitf/issue01-10.pdf)

The Financial Executives International and the National Investor Relations Institute together issue best practices to help companies comply with SEC Regulation FD, which requires them to share earnings guidance and other material information equally with all market participants. For example, according to one recommendation, a company should offer as much guidance in its quarterly news releases as it is comfortable providing. (www.niri.org/publications/alerts/EA091001.cfm)

SPONSORED REPORT

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.

QUIZ

News quiz: IRS warning on cyberattacks and a change in pension rules

Once again, the IRS sounds the alarm about a threat from cyberthieves. See how much you know about this and other recent news with this short quiz.

CHECKLIST

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.