Government Accounting

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued Statement no. 45, Accounting and Financial Reporting by Employers for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions, which generally requires state and local governments to account for and report costs and obligations related to postemployment health care and other nonpension benefits, commonly referred to as other postemployment benefits, by the same methods they use for pensions ( ). Large—in terms of total annual revenues—government employers must implement the statement’s provisions for periods beginning after December 15, 2006. Midsize and small governments have one and two years beyond that date, respectively, to comply. GASB published related guidance—Statement no. 43, Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefit Plans Other Than Pension Plans ( )—in April. Both statements are available from GASB’s order department at 800-748-0659 or online at .


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.