Government Accounting

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s (GASB) new Guide to Implementation of GASB Statements 43 and 45 on Other Postemployment Benefits can help preparers and auditors implement recent GASB standards on accounting and reporting for health care and other nonpension benefits provided to retirees. To order the guide (# GQA43/45), go to or call 800-748-0659.

The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board issued Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards (SFFAS) 30, Inter-Entity Cost Implementation: Amending SFFAS 4, Managerial Cost Accounting Standards and Concepts ( ; see Official Releases, page 108). SFFAS 30 requires full implementation of the interentity cost provision in SFFAS 4 for reporting periods beginning after September 30, 2008.

A revised audit program the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued in September 2004 is effective for periods ending on or after December 31, 2005 ( ). In response to OIG concerns about potential fraud, the guidance introduces audit procedures designed to detect any diversion of project funds in the department’s Rural Rental Housing program.


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.