Featured Online Content for November 2011



Brazil's Transition to IFRS

In Brazil, all listed companies, small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), banks and insurance companies are required to file using IFRS starting with their 2010 financial statements. In this video, Ana Maria Elorrieta, president of IBRACON (the Institute of Independent Auditors of Brazil), shares her perspective on Brazil's recent implementation of IFRS and highlights IBRACON's efforts to help auditors with the transition to the new standards through training and other initiatives. The video is available here. Also read "Business Basics in Brazil," page 34.


Technology 2012 Preview
What should be at the top of your tech wish list this holiday season? After you read “Technology 2012 Preview: Part 1,” page 46, visit journalofaccountancy.com/tech to listen to clips from our exclusive round table with some of the accounting industry’s top experts and read online-only excerpts of the discussion not included in print.

Greg Anton: Future Thinking
Greg Anton, the AICPA’s 2011–2012 chairman, talks about the CPA Horizons 2025 initiative, which called on CPAs from all areas of the profession to embrace the challenge of defining the future, for themselves and for those they serve. Also read an interview with Anton, “Moving the Needle,” on page 24.

Economic Optimism Slumps
The AICPA’s Carol Scott, CPA, vice president–Business, Industry & Government, analyzes results of the AICPA Business & Industry Economic Outlook Survey Q3 2011. Economic optimism dropped to a two-and-a-half-year low as more than 60% of the 1,300 CPA financial executives surveyed thought it was likely the U.S. would experience a double-dip recession. The video is available here.


Facebook Revamps Friend Lists

Facebook recently introduced new types of lists to help organize your friends, colleagues and family and determine how often someone appears in your News Feed. After logging in, the new lists are found in the left column of your Facebook home page.

You’ll see that by default, Facebook offers four types of smart lists: work, school, family and city. Each list is automatically populated, but there’s an option to add or remove friends manually to make the lists more accurate. Click the name of the list, and in the right column you’ll see “On This List” (friends that are already included in the list) and, beneath that, “Add friends to this list.”

There are also three new lists—Close Friends, Acquaintances and Restricted—that you can manually populate. Add friends to your Close Friends list to see everything they post in your News Feed. You’ll see less of your friends, such as old classmates or business contacts, if they’re in the Acquaintances list. Friends added to the Restricted list will only see your “public” posts versus everything you post.

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

Megan Pinkston ( mpinkston@aicpa.org ) is the JofA’s senior online editor.


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.