The International Accounting Education Standards Board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) released International Education Standard (IES) 8, Competence Requirements for Audit Professionals, which outlines the professional knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that auditors need to conduct financial statement audits. As of July 1, 2008, IFAC member bodies will have to ensure that audit professionals comply with the competence requirements of IES 8, which can be downloaded free at .

The International Accounting Standards Board issued an exposure draft (ED) of guidance intended to improve the financial reporting of certain financial instruments that resemble common stock but currently are classified as financial liabilities ( ). The ED proposes amendments to International Accounting Standard (IAS) 32, Financial Instruments: Presentation, and IAS 1, Presentation of Financial Statements. Comments are due October 23, 2006.


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.