Financial Reporting

The AICPA's Accounting Standards Executive Committee issued an exposure draft of a proposed Audit and Accounting Guide, Gaming. The proposed guide addresses new accounting issues that have emerged over the years. It also includes guidance dedicated specifically to governmental gaming entities.

Comments are due Dec. 9. The ED is available at

FASB added the topic "business combinations" to the FASB Accounting Standards Codification. The addition integrates various standards, including FASB Statement no. 141(R), Business Combinations; FASB Statement no. 109, Accounting for Income Taxes; FASB Interpretation no. 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes—an interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109; and various EITF issues and SEC staff accounting bulletins. FASB included only the post-141(R) standards in the business combinations topic.

The codification is expected to become the single source of authoritative literature in April 2009. During the verification period, which ends Jan. 15, 2009, users are encouraged to provide input on whether the business combinations topic and all other content accurately reflect U.S. GAAP.

Users who register at can access and review the codification, including the newly added business combinations information, for free. The codification content is not yet approved as authoritative.


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.