A Positive Outlook

Hiring in finance and accounting was expected to increase this quarter, according to the Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index .

Ten percent of CFOs surveyed during the summer said they expected to expand their teams in the final months of this year, with the most active hiring expected to take place in firms with 20 to 49 employees. Forty-four percent of CFOs who expected to hire in the fourth quarter cited business growth as the reason for hiring additional staff.

Twenty-eight percent of respondents said accounting positions were the most challenging to fill, while 22% said operational-support roles, such as those in accounts payable and collections, were the most difficult to staff.

Source: Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index, www.rhi.com.


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.