FASAB Issues Fiscal Sustainability Disclosure Requirements

The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board ( FASAB) issued a standard that furthers one of the standard setter’s federal financial reporting objectives—the stewardship objective—by enabling readers to determine whether future budgetary resources will sufficiently sustain public services and meet obligations as they come due. Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards (SFFAS) 36, Reporting Comprehensive Long-Term Fiscal Projections for the U.S. Government , will be fully implemented by fiscal year 2013. Starting in 2010 all information may be presented as required supplementary disclosures.


SFFAS 36 will standardize reporting of projected trends in the federal budget deficit or surplus and the federal debt and how these amounts relate to the national economy and will require the projections to be more reader-friendly. If an excess of projected spending over projected receipts is indicated by the projections, the required reporting would explain and illustrate the likely impact of delaying action, for example, the progressive increase in the change that would be needed by (1) reducing spending, or (2) increasing receipts.



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.