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Testifying before the House Financial Services Committee on behalf of the profession, AICPA President and CEO Barry C. Melancon backs reforms—including creating a new private-sector regulatory board—to restore investors’ confidence in the nation’s financial reporting system. And Chairman James G. Castellano, with other leaders of the profession, urges the Senate Banking Committee to support measures that would enhance audit quality and make corporations accountable for issuing accurate financial reports and being truthful with auditors. Meanwhile, FASB Chairman Edmund L. Jenkins addresses the prospect of greater government oversight of the standard-setting process in a position paper, The FASB’s Role in Serving the Public: A Response to the Enron Collapse ( www.fasb.org ), reiterating the importance to investors and the U.S. capital markets of preserving the board’s role as an independent, private-sector standard setter not subject to the political pressures a government body—such as the SEC—faces.

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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.