The international auditing and assurance standards board (IAASB) of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) issues an exposure draft (ED) containing a proposed international standard, Quality Control for Audit, Assurance and Related Services Practices, and a proposed revised international standard on auditing, Quality Control for Audit Engagements. The proposals clarify quality control responsibilities and associated activities for firms’ internal operations and audit engagements. The ED is available at the IFAC Web site ( ). Comments are due August 31.


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.