Professional Issues


PCPS—the AICPA Alliance for CPA Firms—and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants released the results of the 2004 Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) Survey. The information, gathered from nearly 2,500 firms of all sizes across the nation, includes comprehensive benchmarking data on salaries, billable hours, service offerings and expenses. For the first time the research included questions on the methods top-performing firms used to achieve exceptional results; other questions focused on marketing, business planning and owner/partner issues. Among other findings, the data showed increased firm growth, profits and billing rates. The results are available at www.pcps.org/member/overview.html

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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.

QUIZ

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.