FASB issued Statement no. 151 , Inventory Costs ( ), an amendment of Accounting Research Bulletin (ARB) no. 43, chapter 4. The statement clarifies that abnormal amounts of idle facility expense, freight and/or handling costs and wasted materials (that is, spoilage) should be recognized as current-period charges, and it requires the allocation of fixed production overheads to inventory based on the normal capacity of the production facilities. The guidance is effective for inventory costs incurred during fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2005, but earlier application is permitted for costs incurred during fiscal years beginning after November 23, 2004. The statement’s provisions should be applied prospectively.


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.