The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) released an exposure draft (ED) and several publications. The ED, Proposed International Public Sector Accounting Standard: Financial Reporting Under the Cash Basis of Accounting—Disclosure Requirements for Recipients of External Assistance, is intended to enhance transparency and relevance of disclosures about financial assistance to governments and other public sector entities. Comments are due June 15, 2005. IFAC also published a report, International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSASs) and Statistical Bases of Financial Reporting: An Analysis of Differences and Recommendations for Convergence, and released the 2005 editions of Handbook of International Auditing, Assurance, and Ethics Pronouncements and Handbook of International Public Sector Accounting Pronouncements. They’re available 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.