The Auditing Standards Board exposes a suite of seven draft statements on auditing standards (SASs) ( ) to improve auditors’ application of the audit risk model. The proposed SASs require auditors to develop a better understanding of audited entities and their environments, to use that knowledge to more rigorously assess the risks of material misstatement of the entities’ financial statements and to better link the nature, timing and extent of audit procedures with assessed risks. The ED comprises the following proposed SASs: Amendment to Statement on Auditing Standards no. 95, Generally Accepted Auditing Standards; Audit Evidence; Audit Risk and Materiality in Conducting an Audit; Planning and Supervision; Understanding the Entity and Its Environment and Assessing the Risks of Material Misstatement (Assessing Risks); Performing Audit Procedures in Response to Assessed Risks and Evaluating the Audit Evidence Obtained; and Amendment to SAS no. 39, Audit Sampling. Comments are due April 30.


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.