Government Auditing

The General Accounting Office (GAO) in March issued a clarification ( ) of its earlier issued requirement that auditors working under Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) (collectively known as the Yellow Book) complete every two years at least 80 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) that directly enhances their professional proficiency in performing audits and/or attestation engagements. The guidance responds to practitioners’ questions as to whether—under the GAO’s June 2003 revision of GAGAS—auditors are permitted to satisfy any of the 80-hour CPE requirement by taking taxation courses. In return the GAO said that because such instruction would not—with certain exceptions—help improve auditors’ requisite skills, it generally would not satisfy GAGAS CPE requirements, which became effective for financial audits and attestation engagements of periods ending—and for performance audits beginning—on or after January 1, 2004.


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.