Internal Controls


Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) member Daniel L. Goelzer said in a recent speech that Sarbanes-Oxley Act section 404 compliance costs will fall and benefits rise, especially if certain principles become better understood in the marketplace ( www.pcaobus.org/news_and_events/events/2005/speech_text/04-29.asp ). He emphasized that internal control audits require professional judgment and that auditors should advise clients on accounting and control issues, focus on higher risk areas with potential for material findings, integrate financial statement and internal control audits and bear in mind that small companies don’t need the same types of controls or audits as their larger counterparts.

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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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