JofA Recognizes Top Authors, Including 2002’s Best.

Joseph T. Wells, CPA, CFE , received from AICPA President and CEO Barry C. Melancon, CPA, the Journal of Accountancy’ s 2002 Lawler Award for the year’s best article. In “ Occupational Fraud: The Audit as Deterrent ” ( JofA , Apr.02, page 24), Wells used actual case studies to show auditors and their clients how to better detect and deter insiders’ occupational fraud. An earlier Wells article had garnered the award in 2000. To acknowledge his outstanding achievement and that of other writers whose work has more than once merited such honors, the JofA established the Lawler Hall of Fame. In addition to Wells, the first members of this distinguished group are Robert Mednick, CPA, former chairman of the AICPA board of directors, and coauthors William D. Hall, CPA, a retired partner of Arthur Andersen & Co., and Arthur J. Renner, CPA, executive director of the Connecticut Society of CPAs. Each won the award twice—Mednick in 1986 and 1988 and Hall and Renner in 1989 and 1991. The annual citation, which earns an author $500 and a commemorative plaque, is named after John L. Lawler, a former JofA editor and AICPA senior vice-president.


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.