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The Institute launched a Web-based survey to assess how well private company financial reports meet the needs of those who use them: bank lenders; investors and venture capital/buyout companies; surety, bonding and insurance companies; business owners and managers; and auditors and others ( ). The survey also asks whether the cost of gathering information for private-company GAAP-based financial statements—as in public-company reporting—is justified. The online poll and a telephone survey augmenting it will continue until September 15. While individual responses will be kept confidential, the general results of the survey will be announced this fall. A related discussion paper offers differing views on various aspects of private-company financial reporting ( ).


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.