Corporate Governance

The House Financial Services Committee held hearings March 8 on a bill to require nonbinding shareholder votes on executive compensation. The bill, introduced March 1 by the committee’s chair, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., would require public corporations to submit their executive compensation disclosures annually for shareholder approval. The vote, however, would not bind or overrule boards of directors. The Shareholder Vote on Executive Compensation Act, HR 1257, also would require disclosure of any “golden parachute” pay and benefits to executives in any proxy solicitation concerning a proposed merger, acquisition or sale of a company. The full text of the bill is 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.