Want to give something back to the profession? The AICPA examinations team needs CPA volunteers in the Minneapolis, Detroit and San Diego areas to help develop and review CPA exam auditing and attest simulations (that is, case studies) and in the Providence, Rhode Island, Milwaukee and Phoenix areas to construct hypothetical situations candidates must address in a letter or memorandum demonstrating their writing skills. To volunteer, go to .

The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) is seeking an assistant director to assume responsibility for a major technical project involving research on concepts and standards adopted in the federal sector and by other standard setters. To apply, go to . The position announcement numbers are FASAB-N-2005-0510-59 for candidates who do not have current or former federal service and FASAB-S-2005-0510-59 for those who do.


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.