Ole Miss Professor Honored


ale L. Flesher, Arthur Andersen Alumni Professor of Accountancy and associate dean of the University of Mississippi, is the first person to win the newly created Thomas J. Burns Biographical Research Award, which was presented at the Academy of Accounting Historians Hall of Fame conference at Ohio State University. The award celebrates his outstanding contribution to the accounting field—as a researcher he has published more than 30 biographical articles about accounting leaders, from Charles Waldo Haskins and Elijah Watt Sells to Andrew Barr, a recent SEC chief accountant.

In accepting the award, Flesher said he was honored to have an award named for Thomas Burns, with whom he had worked in the 1980s, and gave credit for his success to his coauthors, among whom were his wife Tonya Flesher, Gary Previts of Case Western Reserve University and Tommie Singleton of the University of Alabama.


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.