Institute Names Becton Chief Press Officer

In October the AICPA appointed Robert J. Becton its vice-president of media relations. As the Institute’s external communications strategist, he will develop and implement plans to communicate the organization’s themes on a consistent and timely basis to local, national and international news media. Becton and his staff will be responsible for media relations, financial and crisis communications and issues management. He has more than 20 years’ experience in public relations with companies such as Burson-Marsteller and, for most of his career, has represented financial services institutions including Moody’s Investors Service, HSBC Group and J.P. Morgan & Co.


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.