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FASB issues Statement no. 147, Acquisitions of Certain Financial Institutions ( ). It provides guidance on accounting for all such purchases, except for transactions between two or more mutual enterprises—which will be the subject of separate, upcoming FASB guidance.

To explore how adopting a principles-based approach to setting accounting standards might improve the quality and transparency of financial reporting and affect development of future standards, FASB issues a proposal ( ) and seeks comments on it by January 3. Those wishing to participate in a related public roundtable discussion on December 16 should e-mail their remarks by December 2 to .


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.