AICPA Foundation Asks for Donated Stock

AICPA members and member firms participating in the Institute’s insurance trust life and disability program will learn this month how many shares of stock they’ll receive from Prudential Financial Inc., formerly Prudential Insurance Co. of America, which made an initial public offering December 13 after transforming itself into a public entity from a mutual company. The AICPA Foundation asks that members who receive shares in the IPO consider contributing them to the foundation to support its goals of advancing the science of accountancy, improving accountancy education and enhancing the profession’s recruitment activities.

Prudential’s stock transfer agent, Equiserve, will send each affected member a letter verifying the number of shares in his or her name and providing information on how to hold, sell or transfer them to the foundation. In addition, the foundation will contact all members to ask that they choose the last of these options: a tax-deductible donation of shares. Members who make such contributions can earmark shares for specific purposes or donate them to a general fund.


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.