Government Accounting

The Financial Accounting Foundation, the parent body of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), commissioned the first in a series of periodic surveys asking its stakeholders to share their views on how effectively GASB fulfills its mission. Overall, the 1,200 respondents said GASB has been carrying out its standard-setting charge appropriately and effectively. A minority, however, expressed dissatisfaction with the extent to which GASB standards meet the needs of all constituents and with the cost of implementing the rules.

All three stakeholder groups—auditors, those who prepare financial statements and those who use them—called the standards development process, especially the publishing of draft proposals for public comment, highly effective. But more than half of the respondents were at least moderately concerned that comments on proposed standards repeatedly come from the same group of stakeholders. The survey results are available at .


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.