Financial Reporting


The Council of Institutional Investors decides to support including the cost of stock options as an expense on businesses’ reported income statements—a reversal of its long-standing opposition to the practice ( www.cii.org/press/expensing.htm ). The group, which includes pension funds, money managers, other financial services entities and lawyers, says its new position acknowledges companies’ vastly increased use of such financial instruments to compensate employees. The council does not recommend a specific valuation formula for them. But it urges the International Accounting Standards Board, which is considering issuing standards on accounting for options, to ask corporations, institutional investors and other affected parties for input on valuing them.

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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.