Volunteers honored for long-standing service to Institute

Eighteen CPAs received the Institute’s Sustained Contribution Award, which recognizes members who have contributed measurably to the AICPA and accounting profession through volunteer service.

All recipients have served on an AICPA volunteer group for 20 years or more and have led a committee, task force, or resource panel at some time.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Rick J. Anderson, Seattle
  • John Mason Andres, Texarkana, Texas
  • Barry Barber, Manalapan, N.J.
  • Ernest F. Baugh Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Linda J. Blessing, Laclede, Idaho
  • Diane Sylvia Conant, Las Vegas
  • E.C. Johnson Jr., East Sandwich, Mass.
  • John L. Kreischer, Doylestown, Pa.
  • Deborah D. Lambert, Pinehurst, N.C.
  • George A. Lewis, Lafayette, La.
  • Harold Lamar Monk Jr., Gainesville, Fla.
  • Belverd E. Needles Jr., Winnetka, Ill.
  • Keith Owen Newton, Chicago
  • Robert M. Pielech, New Bedford, Mass.
  • Gary John Previts, Rocky River, Ohio
  • Ronald L. Seigneur, Lakewood, Colo.
  • David Joseph Sibits, Cleveland
  • Gordon A. Viere, Minneapolis



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.