The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) re-exposed part of a proposed replacement for IAS 37, Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets.


IAS 37 applies to liabilities not covered by other accounting standards, such as liabilities to decommission assets and liabilities arising from legal disputes. The IASB previously published proposals to amend IAS 37, including revised measurement requirements. In light of the comments received, the IASB developed more guidance on the measurement of these liabilities. To comment on the ED, go to, scroll over the “Get involved” tab and click on “Comment on a proposal.” Comments are due April 12. The ED is available at


  Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) will allow voluntary application of IFRS starting from fiscal years ending on or after March 31, 2010, and eliminate, for fiscal years ending after March 31, 2016, the option for some Japanese listed companies to submit their consolidated financial statements according to U.S. GAAP.


The changes to the Cabinet Office Ordinances provide listed companies that meet particular criteria the option of preparing their consolidated financial statements according to IFRS. The FSA is following the road map for the Application of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Japan released in June 2009. In the interim report, the BAC proposed allowing an early adoption of IFRS by listed companies followed by mandatory adoption of IFRS from 2015 or 2016, with a final decision on the mandatory requirements being made around 2012.


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.