Following the resignation of William J. McDonough, the SEC appointed William D. Gradison Jr. acting chair of the PCAOB and adopted new procedures for SEC Chairman Christopher Cox to use in filling the position. Gradison is a founding member of the PCAOB.

The PCAOB selected Thomas Ray to succeed Douglas R. Carmichael, who resigned as chief auditor, effective January 31, 2006. Ray has served as deputy chief auditor since June 2003.

Checking the status of refunds will be easier this year, thanks to a new version of the IRS Web site. The upgraded site has an improved search engine and highlights to help taxpayers find the most-requested forms, publications and online tools ( ).


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.