Government Accounting

The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board published an exposure draft (ED), Presentation of Significant Assumptions for the Statement of Social Insurance: Amending SFFAS 25, in March. The ED proposes requiring disclosure of significant assumptions underlying the “statement of social insurance,” which—for federal government entities administering a social insurance program—reports the net present value of long-term cash-flow forecasts of taxes and benefits relating to the Social Security, Medicare, Black Lung and Railroad Retirement Board programs. Thus, the proposal would reclassify significant assumptions as basic information rather than as required supplementary information. The proposed disclosures are intended to help financial statement users assess uncertainty in a government entity’s long-range projections. Comments are due May 17.


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.