Financial Reporting

  FASB issued a proposal intended to improve financial reporting by resolving some potential ambiguity about the breadth of the embedded credit derivative scope exception in Statement no. 133, Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities. The proposal would amend certain accounting and reporting requirements of paragraph 14B of Statement no. 133 to clarify when embedded credit derivative features, including those in collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and synthetic CDOs, are not considered embedded derivatives subject to potential bifurcation and separate accounting. Comments on the proposal were due Feb. 13. The proposal is available at


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.