The SEC appoints Scott A. Taub, CPA, its deputy chief accountant. A recent partner of Andersen’s professional standards group in Chicago, Taub previously had served with the commission as a professional accounting fellow.

John T. Smith, CPA, joins the International Accounting Standards Board as a part-time member, filling the post Robert H. Herz vacated to become FASB chairman. Smith, a partner of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, who has expertise in standard-setting issues and in accounting for financial instruments, will remain a member of his firm while serving on the board for a five-year term ending June 30, 2007.

In the November issue of the JofA , a News Digest item on auditing (page 19) erroneously stated that Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) no. 98, Omnibus 2002, amended Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) no. 1, Attestation Engagements. SAS no. 98 did not amend the SSAE.


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.