The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) released a series of questions and answers about audit waiver requirements under its October 2000 Small Pension Plan Security Amendments. The publication ( ) explains how small pension plans can determine whether they qualify for an audit waiver under the amended regulations. Additional information is available by phone at 866-463-3278.

The Institute publishes the AICPA Audit Committee Toolkit to help audit committees recognize and satisfy their oversight responsibilities under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 ( ). This guide provides advice on meeting duties such as agenda setting, conducting executive sessions and evaluating the effectiveness of auditors and of the audit committee itself. Other topics covered include basic information on internal controls, antifraud accountability and off-balance-sheet transactions. The toolkit is one of several resources available at the AICPA’s Audit Committee Effectiveness Center ( ), which can help audit committees fulfill their corporate governance responsibilities.


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.