The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency releases interim guidance to financial institutions on complying with two anti-money-laundering provisions of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001 ( ). As of December 25, 2001, this legislation requires financial institutions to prevent foreign “shell” banks—those not physically present in any country—from obtaining banking services through correspondent accounts. The guidance includes a sample certification banks can use to keep records the act requires on the owners of any foreign banks for whom they maintain such accounts. ( )

The Treasury Department offers $8 million in funding, under its “First Accounts” program, to encourage insured financial institutions to make banking services more widely available to low- and moderate-income individuals. Applications, which are available at , must be postmarked no later than March 20. ( )


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.