IPSASB Issues First Conceptual Framework Consultation Paper

The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB), an independent standard-setting board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), has issued for comment the first in a series of consultation papers focused on developing an international public-sector conceptual framework. The consultation paper, Conceptual Framework for General Purpose Financial Reporting by Public Sector Entities, identifies the IPSASB’s preliminary views on the objectives and scope of financial reporting, the qualitative characteristics of information included in general purpose financial reports, and the characteristics of public-sector reporting entities.

Comments are due by March 31. The document is available at www.ifac.org/Guidance/EXD-Details.php?EDID=0119.


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.