Professional Issues


The AICPA, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and Prometric, a technology-based testing company, announce the April 5, 2004 commencement of a computerized version of the uniform CPA exam ( www.aicpa.org/news/2003/p030205a.asp ). Prometric will offer the test up to six days a week during two of every three months of the year. The final paper-based version of the exam will be given on November 5 and 6 of this year.

The Bush administration launches a Web site ( www.regulations.gov ) where interested parties can find, review and comment on proposed rules any government agency publishes in the Federal Register. Earlier research by the Department of Transportation revealed that accepting comments online dramatically increased the volume of responses. Consequently, as part of his fiscal year 2002 management agenda, the president called on all federal regulators to collectively foster online rule making. Anyone preferring to submit comments by postal mail may continue to do so.

SPONSORED REPORT

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.

QUIZ

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.

CHECKLIST

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.