Financial Reporting

AICPA Board Chairman James G. Castellano testified in February before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in support of accounting, auditing and financial reporting reforms. He called for a modernized financial reporting model, more frequent reporting, revised accounting rules for special purpose entities, a new auditing standard enabling auditors to better detect financial statement fraud and a requirement that companies’ management ensure and testify to the effectiveness of their internal control systems, with subsequent auditor reporting on the effectiveness of management’s assertion. ( )

FASB Chairman Edmund L. Jenkins, who testified before the same House committee, said in the second quarter the board will propose guidance on consolidated reporting for special purpose entities.


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.