The International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) of the International Accounting Standards Board amended Interpretation 12, Consolidation—Special Purpose Entities ( ) to remove its scope exclusion of equity compensation plans. Consequently, entities will have to consolidate employee benefit trusts they set up for use in share-based payment arrangements. The amendment also expands the scope exclusion in the interpretation for postemployment benefit plans to include “other long-term employee benefit plans.” IFRIC made these changes to ensure the interpretation was consistent with International Accounting Standard 19, Employee Benefits (as amended in 2002), which no longer applied to equity compensation plans after International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 2, Share-Based Payment, became effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2005.


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.