Compilation and Review

The Accounting and Review Services Committee issued Interpretation no. 31, Preparation of Financial Statements for Use by an Entity’s Auditors, of AR section 100, Compilation and Review of Financial Statements. The document, available at, provides guidance for situations in which a client engages an accountant, other than its auditor, to prepare unaudited financial statements on behalf of management and in which those financial statements are provided by management to its outside auditor for the purposes of the annual audit.

Additionally, to provide guidance with respect to an accountant’s considerations in determining whether he or she prepared financial statements when his or her work effort results in or contributes to the existence of those financial statements, the AICPA’s Audit and Attest Standards Team has issued Technical Practice Aid (TPA) 9150.25, Determining Whether Financial Statements Have Been Prepared by the Accountant. The practice aid 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.