The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for comment two rules, one of which would grant thrift institutions a limited exception from Investment Advisers Act requirements governing the manner and extent to which such entities may hold themselves out to the public as providers of investment advisory services ( ). The other rule would exempt thrift-sponsored collective trust funds from the Securities Exchange Act of 1934’s registration and reporting requirements. Such funds allow a bank or thrift to manage the assets of tax-qualified pension and profit-sharing plans on a pooled basis without creating an investment company, which would be subject to additional regulation as a mutual fund. Comments are due July 9.


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.