Financial Reporting


The SEC proposes disclosure requirements pertaining to companies’ adoption of accounting policies that could materially affect their financial statements and to the estimates they make in applying such policies ( www.sec.gov/rules/proposed/33-8098.htm ). The commission recommends the companies explain in their annual reports and in registration and proxy information statements the events or transactions that led them to adopt the accounting policies. And if their accounting estimates require assumptions about then uncertain matters—because different projections are reasonably possible—companies also would have to explain in management’s discussion and analysis the judgments they made in formulating their estimates and any factors likely to change as a result. Comments are due July 19.

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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.

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News quiz: IRS warning on cyberattacks and a change in pension rules

Once again, the IRS sounds the alarm about a threat from cyberthieves. See how much you know about this and other recent news with this short quiz.

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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.