Financial Literacy

American companies can no longer afford to offer their employees adequate pensions, nearly three of four respondents (74%) said in an AICPA survey of CPAs serving as senior corporate executives ( ). “This is a wake-up call,” said AICPA business and industry vice-president John Morrow. “Employees will have to find other ways to finance their retirement.” Fifty-nine percent of survey participants agreed, saying Americans will have to educate themselves about retirement savings strategies. To that end, the Web site of the AICPA’s 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy campaign ( ) offers hundreds of free tools and resources to help consumers better understand and manage their personal finances. Volunteer opportunities are available for qualified CPAs; go to for information on how you can help members of your community reach their lifetime financial goals.


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.