Brackens is New Vice-President

The AICPA named James Brackens Jr., CPA, vice-president of firm quality and practice monitoring, reporting to Sue Coffey, senior vice-president of member quality and state regulation.

Brackens will provide support and strategic direction for the AICPA’s peer review programs and for the Employee Benefit Plan and Governmental Audit Quality Centers.

Brackens comes to the position from his own accounting practice, which served closely held businesses and nonprofit organizations in Virginia. He has performed more than 300 peer reviews of small accounting firms since 1990.


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.