Economic Outlook

Amid widespread uncertainty regarding government actions, the real estate market and credit, CPA financial executives expect slow employment and economic growth, according to a survey co-sponsored by the AICPA. However, the outlook for the beleaguered manufacturing sector brightened considerably from the fourth quarter of 2009.


Results from the Economic Outlook Survey, 1Q 2010, conducted by the AICPA and the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, found that 25% of respondents were optimistic or very optimistic about the outlook for the U.S. economy for the next 12 months. Thirty-eight percent were very pessimistic or pessimistic, and the remainder were neutral. These percentages were virtually unchanged from the previous two quarters.


Full survey results are available at The survey, conducted between Jan. 27 and Feb. 15, includes responses from 998 CPAs in business and industry.



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.