Government Accounting

The Federal Accounting Advisory Standards Board (FASAB) issues an exposure draft, Identifying and Reporting Earmarked Funds ( ). The ED distinguishes such funds from traditional trust or fiduciary activities and requires that financial statements present the cumulative amount designated for specific federal programs. If adopted, the proposal would be effective for periods beginning after September 30, 2005. Comments are due December 17.

GASB issues Guide to Implementation of GASB Statement No. 40 on Deposit and Investment Risk Disclosures: Questions and Answers, a reference and instructional tool for financial statement preparers and attestors. Copies (product code GQA40) are available from GASB at 800-748-0659 or at .


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.