The European Commission (EC) adopted a regulation endorsing the amended International Accounting Standard (IAS) no. 39, Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement, also known as the fair value option ( ). The regulation endorses the fair value option, which previously had been carved out of the EC’s endorsement of IAS no. 39 in response to various stakeholders’ concerns. The amendment is retroactively effective to January 1, 2005.

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published Measurement Bases for Financial Reporting—Measurement on Initial Recognition, a discussion paper prepared by Canadian Accounting Standards Board staff. It analyzes possible bases for measuring assets and liabilities on initial recognition. Comments are due May 19, 2006 ( ).

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) released The Roles and Domain of the Professional Accountant in Business, a study that describes corporate CPAs’ responsibilities and qualifications, as well as their important role in ensuring effective corporate governance and control ( ).


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.