Government Accounting

GASB issues Statement no. 39, Determining Whether Certain Organizations Are Component Units ( ). Under it state and local governments with certain fundraising organizations, such as not-for-profit foundations that have a relationship with public universities and/or school districts, must include in their financial statements separate presentations of those subordinate entities’ financial activities. The new guidance amends Statement no. 14, The Financial Reporting Entity (June 1991). It is effective for financial statements covering periods beginning after June 15 and is available from GASB at 800-748-0659 or at . In a separate announcement on its Web site ( ), GASB provides wording inadvertently omitted from the first printed copies of Statement no. 39; copies of it distributed after June 3 contain the statement’s full text.


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.