The Senate brings the SEC to full strength by confirming the nominations of four commissioners: Paul S. Atkins and Cynthia A. Glassman of Virginia, Harvey Jerome Goldschmid of New York and Roel C. Campos of Texas ( ). Atkins, Goldschmid and Campos will serve out the remainder of terms expiring June 5 of 2003, 2004 and 2005, respectively, while Glassman will serve a full term expiring June 5, 2006.

The AICPA pitches in to support the SEC Historical Society ( ), which the commission founded in 1999 to preserve a record of its activities and to sponsor related research and education programs. In addition to authorizing a $15,000 cash grant to the society on behalf of the Institute, President and CEO Barry C. Melancon will serve on the group’s advisory panel.


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.