AICPA Names 2005 Public Service Award Winners

Ralph B. Bender, CPA [center, top photo], of Baton Rouge, La., and KraftCPAs PLLC of Nashville received the Individual and Firm 2005 AICPA Public Service Awards, respectively. At the spring council meeting in Salt Lake City, Doyle Z. Williams, chair of the AICPA Awards Committee, presented the awards as AICPA Chair Leslie Murphy looked on. Vic Alexander, CPA/ABV [center, bottom photo], chief manager of KraftCPAs, accepted the award for the firm. The prize recognizes AICPA members who have made significant contributions to their communities.

Bender, CFO of Manship Media, Baton Rouge, La., has served on the boards of more than 20 local organizations and is a member of the AICPA Business and Industry Executive Committee. KraftCPAs regards community service as a goal for its professional staff. Currently, the firm’s employees serve as committee chairs or board members of more than 60 local not-for-profit organizations.


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.