Professional Issues

The statement on responsibilities task force of the AICPA consulting service executive committee’s litigation and dispute resolution subcommittee issues Proposed Statement on Responsibilities for Litigation Services no. 1. The exposure draft lists the responsibilities of a practitioner in a litigation service consulting engagement. It also analyzes the scope of such services, provides a comparative analysis of standards and responsibilities and describes the limits of standards and responsibilities for practitioners. Comments are due by January 31. ( )


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.