Corporate Reporting

The European Federation of Accountants (FEE) published a discussion paper, Key Issues in Sustainability Assurance—An Overview, encouraging the International Federation of Accountants to develop an international standard for sustainability assurance ( ). FEE said such a standard would improve auditors’ ability to assess corporations’ reports on the effectiveness of their efforts to minimize any negative social or environmental consequences of their economic and financial activities. Because corporate sustainability reports can significantly affect a company’s public image, the completeness and accuracy of their contents are indispensable. FEE reviewed the current standards of France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, and identified a need for standards that are more robust than the existing ones, which it said provide inadequate, generic assurance.


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.