The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in December issued Statement no. 153, Exchanges of Nonmonetary Assets, an amendment of APB Opinion no. 29. The revised guidance is based on the principle that exchanges of nonmonetary assets should be measured according to the fair value of such assets. The statement replaces the narrow exception for nonmonetary exchanges of “similar productive assets” with a broader one for exchanges of “nonmonetary assets that do not have commercial substance.” The guidance, whose provisions will be applied prospectively, is effective for nonmonetary asset exchanges that take place in fiscal periods beginning after June 15, 2005, although application is permitted for such transactions occurring in periods beginning any time after the date of issuance.


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.


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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.