IFAC has published a Guide to Quality Control for Small- and Medium-Sized Practices. This nonauthoritative implementation guide is intended to help SMPs understand and efficiently apply International Standard on Quality Control (ISQC) 1, Quality Control for Firms that Perform Audits and Reviews of Financial Statements, and Other Assurance and Related Services Engagements, as redrafted under the IAASB’s clarity project.

The guide uses an integrated case study to illustrate how to implement the requirements of ISQC 1, and includes two sample firm policy manuals and key checklists and forms. It can be downloaded for free at


 IFAC also released a study on national initiatives related to the financial reporting supply chain. Based on a survey of its member bodies, the new publication, Developments in the Financial Reporting Supply Chain: Results from a Global Study among IFAC Member Bodies, acknowledges that progress has been made, but also reports that greater attention needs to be given to corporate governance; financial reporting and, in particular, the adoption of suitable reporting standards for small and medium-size enterprises; financial auditing; and the usefulness of financial reports. The free report 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.