The PCAOB proposed rules that identify specific circumstances in which providing tax services impairs auditors’ independence; increase auditors’ responsibility for obtaining audit committee preapproval of tax services rendered to audit clients; prohibit persons associated with an audit firm from causing it to violate relevant laws, rules and regulations; and include certain definitions integral to observing the rules ( ). The board will consider comments, which are due February 14, 2005, before adopting the rules, which it will submit to the SEC for approval as required by section 107 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.


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.