The PCAOB appointed Claudius B. Modesti director of investigations and enforcement in May. Previously he held positions in the U.S. Attorney’s office, the Justice Department and the SEC.

Six practitioners begin two-year terms this month as professional accounting fellows in the SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant. The appointees, all of whom are senior managers at their respective CPA firms, are Shan L. Benedict of BDO Seidman, Jennifer M. Burns of Deloitte & Touche, Mark A. Northan and Brian K. Roberson of KPMG, Nancy L. Salisbury of Ernst & Young and Pamela R. Schlosser of PricewaterhouseCoopers. They will develop rule proposals under federal securities laws, communicate with professional accounting and auditing standard-setting bodies and consult with SEC-registered companies on accounting and reporting matters.

Another Web Resource for CPA Exam Candidates
The Institute is offering to those preparing for the newly computerized test an online package of professional literature, including AICPA Professional Standards, FASB Current Text and FASB Original Pronouncements ( ). Six-month subscriptions, which cost $35 and are useful for honing research skills, are available only to applicants whom state boards of accountancy have deemed eligible to take the exam. The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy will confirm the eligibility status of all potential subscribers.


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.


Tips for first-year auditors

For a new auditor, the first busy season can be an exciting time and a fantastic opportunity for professional growth. Here are suggestions for new auditors and those who nurture their development.