Lone Star State Auditor Names Best Government CPA

Lawrence F. Alwin, Texas state auditor, accepts the AICPA 2004 Outstanding CPA in Government Award from Costa Triantaphilides, chairman of the AICPA Government Performance and Accountability Committee at the Institute’s 21st annual National Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update Conference in August in Washington, D.C. During Alwin’s tenure, Texas received 14 consecutive “certificates of achievement for excellence in financial reporting” from the Governmental Finance Officers Association, and his office introduced—at no additional cost—auditing and communication innovations that, in the last four years alone, have helped them identify more than $1 billion in findings. The citation recognizes government CPAs who have significantly contributed to government efficiency and effectiveness and to the growth and enhancement of the profession.


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.


Tips for first-year auditors

For a new auditor, the first busy season can be an exciting time and a fantastic opportunity for professional growth. Here are suggestions for new auditors and those who nurture their development.