To help airlines and insurers quickly raise essential capital in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the SEC simplifies its securities registration process and sets up special telephone (202-942-2816) and e-mail ( ) response systems to answer registrants’ financing and disclosure questions. ( )

The SEC asks securities brokers and dealers, investment advisers, mutual fund companies and transfer agents to voluntarily provide any information they have on the growing list of individuals and organizations the FBI is investigating in relation to the Pentagon and World Trade Center attacks. ( )

The SEC proposes amendments to regulation S-T, which governs the commission’s electronic data gathering, analysis and retrieval (EDGAR) system. The changes would require foreign private issuers and foreign governments to submit their securities filings through EDGAR. According to the SEC, this would increase efficiency and give the public easier access to information on foreign registrants, who currently are permitted, but not required, to file electronically. Comments are due to the SEC by December 3. ( )


6 key areas of change for accountants and auditors

New accounting standards on revenue recognition, leases, and credit losses present implementation challenges. This independently-written report identifies the hurdles that accounting professionals face and provides tips for overcoming the challenges.


How tax reform will impact individual taxpayers

Amy Wang, a CPA who is a senior technical manager for tax advocacy at the AICPA, answers to some of the most common questions on how the new tax reform law will impact individual taxpayers.