Authors Contributing to the December 2011 Issue

  Building Blocks of a Successful Financial Close Process page 18

Kevin Kelso is a corporate finance consultant based in Delaware. He has held senior management positions in the banking and financial services industry over the past 25 years, including serving as a controller for J.P. Morgan and a senior finance manager at Discover Bank. He earned his B.S. in accounting at Penn State University.



  A Quick Guide to QuickBooks page 24

J. Carlton Collins, CPA, is an author, lecturer and technology consultant. He has published dozens of books and articles, delivered several thousand lectures and assisted hundreds of companies with their accountingsystem selection and implementation. He also writes the JofA’s monthly Technology Q&A column.



  Technology 2012 Preview: Part 2 page 30

Jeff Drew is a JofA senior editor. He oversees coverage of practice management and technology. He has nearly 20 years of journalism experience, including a decade in various editorial capacities with American City Business Journals.



  The Lowdown on High Potentials: PCPS 2011 Top Talent Survey page 36

Yasmine El-Ramly, CPA/CITP, is a project manager with the AICPA’s Private Companies Practice Section, which provides practice management information and resources to CPA firms of all sizes. She specializes in women’s initiatives and human capital projects. Previously, she worked in public accounting with three CPA firms of various sizes.



  Advising Clients in Same-Sex Relationships page 48

Sandy Johns, CPA, is owner of Revolution Financial Solutions in Nashville, Tenn. Her firm provides accounting, tax and back-office support services for individuals, nonprofits and small businesses. Her private-sector experience encompasses a broad range of industries and fields including engineering, broadcast media, distribution, recording, law and education.


Larry Maples, CPA, DBA, is a professor of accounting at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tenn. He has written frequently for the JofA, including (with Mark Turner and Beth Howard) “Tax Considerations for Buying and Selling Property With a Burdensome Lease,” April 2009, page 51; and “Tax Treatment of Rebates May Be Clearing Up,” Oct. 2008, page 42.



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.