Personal Financial Planning

In response to a Treasury Department request for comments, the AICPA National CPA Financial Literacy Commission encouraged the development of an education strategy for promoting universal financial literacy in the United States ( ) and emphasized the skills CPAs can contribute to such an effort. The Institute established the commission to lead the profession in improving Americans’ ability to understand and manage their finances.

The Institute published a series of Statements on Responsibilities (SORs) applicable to any member providing personal financial planning (PFP) services on a full-time, part-time or occasional basis. To help members understand this guidance, the AICPA is publishing a series of explanatory articles. One such article ( ) focuses on SOR no. 2, Working with Other Advisors in a PFP Engagement, explaining its provisions and addressing compliance issues and practice opportunities for CPAs.


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.