The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) named two CPAs deputy chief auditors. Laura Phillips will provide technical direction on the development of the board’s standards and ensure they and related information are available and appropriately communicated to public company auditors and other interested parties. Jennifer Rand will oversee and coordinate all PCAOB standard-setting projects and administer the Standing Advisory Group, as well as serve as the board’s observer for the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board of the International Federation of Accountants.

The Institute launched an online media center to educate and update the press on the AICPA, its mission, programs, initiatives and leadership and on issues affecting the entire profession ( ). Barry C. Melancon, AICPA president and CEO, said the site “will help the press present and illuminate financial and economic issues and enable the Institute to continue serving as an authoritative voice on the accounting profession’s role in U.S. capital markets.” The center’s resources include background information on the AICPA, electronic press kits, issues briefs, research reports and statistics, executive biographies, a glossary of accounting terms and contact information for the state CPA societies and AICPA media relations staff.


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.