Government Accounting


The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued an exposure draft, Accounting for Termination Benefits, that would require employers to recognize—in financial statements they prepare on the accrual basis of accounting—the cost of voluntary termination benefits when employees accept a termination offer, and the cost of involuntary termination benefits when an employer approves a plan of termination and communicates it to its employees. In addition the proposal would establish measurement and disclosure requirements for such benefits. Comments are due March 11, 2005.

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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.

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News quiz: IRS warning on cyberattacks and a change in pension rules

Once again, the IRS sounds the alarm about a threat from cyberthieves. See how much you know about this and other recent news with this short quiz.

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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.