Audit Committee Article Ranks First

AICPA President and CEO Barry C. Melancon presented the Journal of Accountancy’s 2003 Lawler Award for best article of the year to Stephen A. Scarpati, CPA for “CPAs as Audit Committee Members” (Sep.03, page 32; ). In his article Scarpati, president of 180 Management LLC in New York, explained how CPAs can prepare themselves for audit committee service. Each year, the JofA’s editorial advisers choose a winning article, which earns its author $500 and a commemorative plaque. The award is named after John L. Lawler, a former JofA editor and AICPA senior vice-president.

The AICPA Academic and Career Development team created a new reference brochure, Directory of Education and Recruitment Programs, that describes the Institute’s programs and services for students and educators. Free copies are available from Jodi Ryan 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.