A Future CPA Wants to Know


As a recent entrant into the accounting field, I do not write as an expert but as an eager student.

With all the Enron trouble and other scandals triggering Sarbanes-Oxley and various other reforms, why is there no requirement by the SEC or other corporate governance mechanism that public companies engage more than one competing CPA firm in the issuance of the audit report? This seems to make the most sense to ensure an adequate system of checks and balances. Perhaps there should be a primary auditor to perform the audit and a secondary auditor, a competitor, to approve the working papers and final audit report. It seems the accounting profession needs to expand its current system of peer review. Aren’t checks and balances in order here?

Barth Jones


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.