Fraud feature wins JofA best article award

Mark J. Nigrini and Nathan J. Mueller received the JofA’s Lawler Award for the best article of 2014. Their article, “Lessons Learned From an $8 Million Fraud,” which appeared in the August 2014 issue (page 32), examines how a mulitimillion-dollar embezzlement was committed, the internal control weaknesses that made it possible, and what organizations can do to protect themselves from similar losses.

The award is named for John L. Lawler, a former JofA editor and AICPA senior vice president. Winners are chosen annually by the JofA’s board of editorial advisers. For a list of past winners, visit


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.