The Financial Accounting Foundation, which funds and oversees the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), appointed Thomas J. Linsmeier, CPA, to FASB for a five-year term that began July 1. A nationally respected accounting educator and researcher, he is chairman of the department of accounting and information systems in the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He succeeded Katherine Schipper.


The URL , cited in “Five Tips for Safe Job Searches” in the July Top Line column (page 13), changed to after press time.

A June 2006 graphic (page 82) incorrectly cited information about tax crimes prosecuted in 2005. The IRS recommended 157 criminal prosecutions for tax crimes committed by return preparers to the Justice Department that year.


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.