The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) revised its code of ethics ( ) to ensure that an individual who has served as lead partner of an audit engagement at an exchange-listed entity for a predefined period not longer than seven years may not participate in the engagement for another two years—whether as a lead or other partner.

The international financial reporting interpretations committee (IFRIC) of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) released IFRIC Interpretation 1, Changes in Existing Decommissioning, Restoration and Similar Liabilities ( ), containing guidance on modifications recognized as part of costs discussed in IAS 16, Property, Plant and Equipment, and also as a liability in accordance with IAS 37, Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets. The interpretation can be ordered at .

The IASB published International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) Bound Volume 2004, which provides the complete consolidated text of the latest versions of its official pronouncements—IFRSs, international accounting standards (IASs) and interpretations and supporting documents—that will take effect January 1, 2005. Australia, the European Union, Russia and other jurisdictions have said they will mandate application of IASs on or before the end of 2004. The volume can be ordered at 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.