CPA Outlook Index improves

The CPA Outlook Index increased by six points in the fourth quarter after dropping eight points in the third quarter. While all of the components of the index showed improvement, the largest contributor to the increase was the outlook for the U.S. economy. The index is a broad-based indicator of the strength of U.S. business activity and economic direction that reflects the views of CPAs who are AICPA members in business and industry holding executive positions in both public and privately owned organizations of all sizes, and across a broad spectrum of industries.

Source: AICPA Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey, 4th Quarter 2011.


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.