Financial Reporting

In speeches and advisory announcements, the SEC’s chairman, Harvey L. Pitt, and chief accountant, Robert K. Herdman, lay out the commission’s plans for enhancing the accuracy and completeness of corporate financial disclosures, simplifying the standard-setting process, modernizing the financial reporting model and responding more swiftly to registrants’ requests for proactive accounting and reporting guidance. ( ; ; ; ; )

Commissioner Laura S. Unger says in a report on regulation FD that the SEC should clarify relevant materiality issues, support greater use of technology to publicly disseminate company financial reports and analyze the regulation’s effect on the extent and quality of information available to the public. ( )

FASB’s emerging issues task force (EITF) releases staff announcements ( ) on accounting for rescission of the exercise of employee stock options and other technical matters not related to a numbered EITF issue and questions and answers on implementing FASB statement no. 140.


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.