A Better Way


The April column reported a technique for maintaining an Excel cell reference when copying a cell’s formula to a different location. Reader Dhan Brar, finance manager of Kern Health Systems, Bakersfield, Calif., suggests an easier way, if you want to move the cell rather than copy it. Just drag the cell with the formula to the new location; the cell reference stays the same as in the original formula. To drag a cell, first select it and then hover your mouse cursor over an edge of the cell until it changes into four outward-pointing arrows, then click and drag.


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.