Professional Responsibility Comes First


I disagree with the points made in “ Pay for Performance ” ( JofA, Jun.02, page 24).

The goal of partner compensation should not be “to inspire the most profitable performance.” Profits are good, but only after assuring each partner diligently exercises his or her professional responsibilities. Partners who accept substandard financial reporting or auditing may for awhile have very profitable performance, but they jeopardize their careers, their firms and our profession.

Charles Toder, CPA (retired)
New York City


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.