Compilation and review

The AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee (ARSC) exposed for public comment proposed Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) as part of its clarity project.

ARSC separated the proposals in an attempt to make the clarified standards easier to use, understand, and implement. The proposed SSARS Review of Financial Statements addresses areas that are applicable to a basic review engagement. The proposed SSARS Review of Financial Statements—Special Considerations addresses areas that are encountered less frequently.

The proposed SSARSs would supersede paragraphs 1.07 to 1.08 and 3.01 to 3.73 of SSARS No. 19, Compilation and Review Engagements (see AICPA, Professional Standards, AR Sec. 60 and AR Sec. 90).

Comments on the ED, which is available at, are due April 26.


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.


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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.