Government Accounting

The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board issued a concepts statement exposure draft titled Definition and Recognition of Elements of Accrual-Basis Financial Statements ( ). It seeks respondents’ views on proposed definitions of certain elements— assets, liabilities, net position, revenue and expense —in such financial statements and on the essential characteristics of assets and liabilities and how they influence the definitions of revenue and expense. FASAB also asks for feedback on the government’s ability to amend laws, recognition criteria and uncertainty about existence and measurement. Comments are due August 5, 2006.


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.