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The AICPA released three technical practice aids (TPAs), two of which—in relation to Statement of Position (SOP) 03-3, Accounting for Certain Loans or Debt Securities Acquired in a Transfer— specify how to account for pools of loans that are accounted for as a single asset. The other TPA explains why GAAP does not permit preparing parent-company financial statements in lieu of consolidated financial statements ( ).

The Institute submitted comments on IRS technical advice memo (TAM) 200603027, which holds that a taxpayer’s LIFO election must be extended to all items within a dollar-value LIFO pool under the inventory price index computation (IPIC) pooling method. In its letter the AICPA said the TAM’s conclusion is inconsistent with a plain reading of IRC section 472 regulations and violates basic policy ramifications of the LIFO IPIC method rules ( ).


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.