Exam High-Scorers Announced

The AICPA announced the winners of the 2007 Elijah Watt Sells Awards, presented annually to the 10 candidates earning the highest cumulative scores on the four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination. In 2007 more than 76,000 candidates took the exam. The winners, in alphabetical order followed by their state board affiliation, and the school from which they graduated, are:

Steven J. Alden (Mass.), University of Massachusetts-Amherst
John G. Berger Jr. (Ill.), University of Notre Dame
Jason J. Brancazio (Calif.), Princeton University
Bryan E. Dean (Wash.), University of Washington
John Briscoe Escosa III (Ky.), Bellarmine University
Rapheal Joseph Hamilton (Kan.), Emporia State University and Syracuse University
Wenxin Li (N.H.), Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China
Barri Alexandra Litt (S.C.), University of Florida-Gainesville
Walker Fleming Saik (N.C.), Davidson College
Bryce A. Schonberger (Colo.), University of Colorado-Boulder

The award honors Elijah Watt Sells, one of the country’s first CPAs and a leader in advancing professional education.


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.