Professional Issues

The AICPA’s Work/Life & Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee offers a free Guide to Building a Successful Off-Ramping Program that provides unique ideas for building employee loyalty and keeping individuals who voluntarily leave their jobs, called off-ramping, connected to the organization in an effort to use their skills in unique ways. According to the guide, by 2008, women will make up 48% of the U.S. work force but over their careers 37% will voluntarily leave their jobs either temporarily or permanently for reasons such as caring for children or elders. These off-ramped employees may find opportunities to continue working for an accounting firm through temporary or contract work or other opportunities. By implementing off-ramping programs and initiatives, firms can strategically address staffing needs while helping women to achieve greater professional and personal balance.

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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.