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The AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee issued a revised illustrative representation letter for review engagements ( ). The revisions clarify the dating of the letter, as well as certain terms it contains and the period it addresses. Additional material includes representations required by Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services no. 10, Performance of Review Engagements, concerning fraud and a representation addressing the client’s acceptance of any proposed adjusting journal entries.

The AICPA staff, helped by industry experts, released technical questions and answers on financial accounting and reporting issues related to Statement of Position (SOP) 03-1, Accounting and Reporting by Insurance Enterprises for Certain Nontraditional Long-Duration Contracts and for Separate Accounts. The guidance is available online ( ) and in Technical Practice Aids, copies of which are available through the AICPA order department at 888-777-7077.


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.