Institute Briefs Congress on Its Financial Reporting Innovations

Melancon tells House of AICPA financial reporting advances

AICPA President and CEO Barry C. Melancon testified at a March hearing of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises regarding two AICPA-launched initiatives—extensible business reporting language (XBRL) and enhanced business reporting (EBR)—that are key elements in a new financial reporting model much needed by the economy, capital markets and investors. “Today, investors, lenders and other users of financial information need to make decisions much faster and more often based on what is currently happening and what may happen in the future, in addition to what has occurred solely in the past,” he said. Also testifying were U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice-President David Hirschmann, Securities Industry Association President Marc E. Lackritz and Financial Executives International President and CEO Colleen Cunningham.


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.