Featured Online Content for December 2011



The Cloud: Security and Opportunities

Donny Shimamoto, CPA/CITP, managing director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies, examines risks and rewards of cloud computing and explains how business concerns should play the key role in deciding whether to move services to the cloud. The video is available here.






IRS Updates, Clarifies Travel Allowance, Reinstates High-Low Method

The IRS said it will continue to allow taxpayers to use the high-low method to substantiate travel expenses, reversing a July decision to discontinue the method. The IRS also provided guidance on the use of the federal per diem rate. The article is available here.



New Revenue Sources for CPA Firms

In this online-only excerpt from our “Technology 2012 Preview” series (see Part 2 on page 30), three of the accounting industry’s top technology experts, David Cieslak, CPA/CITP, Randy Johnston and Rick Richardson, CPA/CITP, look at ways CPA firms can leverage technology to create new revenue streams. The article is available here.



AICPA Survey: Most CPAs Support IFRS Option

A majority of CPAs support optional adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for public companies, according to the AICPA’s latest IFRS Readiness Tracking Survey. Some 120 countries either use or permit the use of IFRS. The article, which includes other survey findings and a link to the full results, is available here.





Showcase Volunteerism on LinkedIn


CPAs are passionate about giving back and lending their expertise through volunteer work. But how many of your peers, co-workers or clients know about your volunteerism or the causes you support? Recently, LinkedIn launched a feature that allows users to highlight these accomplishments. Users can list volunteer positions, causes they care about and organizations they support. It’s simple to use. Here’s how:


  • At the top of your page, hover over the “Profile” tab.
  • Click “Edit Profile.”
  • Under the main profile portion, you will see an orange box that says “New.”
  • Click “Add Sections” to launch a pop-up box.
  • On the left side, scroll down to select “Volunteer Experience & Causes.”
  • Click “Add to Profile.”
  • Follow the steps to fill out the information you would like to highlight.


For volunteer opportunities at the AICPA, visit volunteers.aicpa.org. For more social media tips and how-to’s, visit facebook.com/JournalofAccountancy and click the “Social Media Tips” link in the left column.


Stacie Saunders (ssaunders@aicpa.org) is the AICPA’s social media strategist.


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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.