Money Laundering

The Treasury Department issues three rules relating to the USA Patriot Act and financial institutions’ and CPAs’ roles in the fight against money laundering ( ). The new regulations, which the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network will administer, amends and adds provisions to the Bank Secrecy Act, which governs most of the registration, recordkeeping, reporting and control obligations financial institutions and individuals, including CPAs, have with respect to money laundering. (See “ The CPA’s Role in Fighting Money Laundering ,” JofA , Jun.01, page 88) Among the topics the rules address are suspicious activity reporting, anti-money-laundering-program requirements, prohibitions on maintaining accounts for foreign shell banks and information sharing between the government and the financial community.


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.