The AICPA auditing standards board issues three standards. The first, Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) no. 98, Omnibus 2002, contains amendments to SAS nos. 1, 8, 25, 29, 47, 52, 58 and 95. SAS no. 98 also amends SAS no. 70 by rescinding Interpretation no. 6, incorporating its guidance into that statement. Two other standards, SSAE no. 12, Amendment to SSAE No. 10, Attestation Standards, and Statement on Quality Control Standards (SQCS) no. 6, Amendment to SQCS No. 2, System of Quality Control for a CPA Firm’s Accounting and Auditing Practice, clarify that, although an effective quality control system is conducive to compliance with GAAS or the attestation standards, deficiencies in, or noncompliance with, a firm’s quality control system do not, in and of themselves, indicate a failure to perform an engagement in accordance with the applicable professional standards. All three standards appear in Official Releases, page 112, and are also available from the AICPA order department at 888-777-7077.


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.