Professional Issues

The AICPA is forming four panels (one for each of the proposed CPA examination sections) to help set standards for passing the computer-based exam. Qualified CPA volunteers are needed for a series of two-day standard-setting sessions between December 11 and 19. Participants should have three to seven years’ experience in public accounting and must have supervised new CPAs within the past 12 months. To avoid conflicts, panelists may not be affiliated with any CPA exam preparation and/or review programs. Interested CPAs should e-mail their name, address and qualifications to . Further information is available at . Panelists may be eligible for CPE credit.


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.