Deals & Developments

The Big Four firms announced 2006 results ranging from 9.6% to 11.5% growth worldwide. Combined, Big Four revenues totaled $77.3 billion.

Twenty-two midsize firms joined a new alliance called Baker Tilly USA (a new branch of network Baker Tilly International) in an effort to compete with larger firms for U.S. audit business.

Meanwhile, China announced plans to develop its own international accounting firms. The policy statement by the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CICPA), which was first reported by the Financial Times in October, says that in the next five to 10 years China should develop 10 accountancy firms capable of operating internationally. The firms would audit foreign operations of Chinese companies that are currently being audited by Big Four firms.



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.