Olivia Kirtley, CPA, CGMA, a member of the AICPA governing Council and former chair of the AICPA board of directors, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), a global organization dedicated to strengthening the accounting profession.

Kirtley, a business consultant on strategic and corporate governance issues, becomes the first female president of IFAC, as well as the first from business and industry rather than public accounting.

She succeeds Warren Allen, who served two years each as IFAC’s president and deputy president.


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.