U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. appointed James H. Freis Jr. the director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the Treasury responsible for safeguarding the financial system from money laundering and other illicit financial activities through the administration of the Bank Secrecy Act. Freis previously served as deputy assistant general counsel for enforcement and intelligence, providing legal support to the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. He replaces Robert Werner, who left FinCEN in December.


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.