The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) in March issued international financial reporting standards (IFRS) 3, Business Combinations; 4, Insurance Contracts ; and 5, Non-current Assets Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations ( ). In conjunction with its issuance of IFRS 3, the IASB also revised international accounting standards (IAS) 36, Impairment of Assets , and 38, Intangible Assets ; together they require, among other things, that all business combinations within the scope of IFRS 3 be accounted for using the purchase method and that the pooling-of-interests method no longer be used. IFRS 4 provides the first international guidance on insurance contracts, and IFRS 5 is the initial standard resulting from the IASB’s joint project with the Financial Accounting Standards Board to reduce differences between IFRSs and GAAP. The standards will take effect when individual jurisdictions adopt them. To date several of these authorities—including Australia, the European Union and Russia—have said they would require observance of international standards on or before January 1, 2005.


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.