Professional Issues


SEC Chairman Harvey L. Pitt calls for the commission’s greater influence over FASB to ensure it addresses urgent topics and issues standards more swiftly than it has. He also says the commission will quickly establish a private-sector regulatory body—composed largely of individuals independent of the accounting profession—to replace the Public Oversight Board. And reaffirming the importance of effective corporate governance, Pitt says, the SEC is asking Congress for the power to bar officers and directors—if guilty of serious malfeasance or nonfeasance—from similar positions in other public companies. ( www.sec.gov/news/speech/spch540.htm )

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IRS sets start date for tax season

The IRS announced that tax season will start in late January and that it will issue refunds to taxpayers despite the partial shutdown of the federal government.

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Why CPAs can’t wait on automation tools

What do accounting firms waiting on others to develop AI, automation, and data analytics tools have in common with a baseball fan sitting in a stadium filling with water at an exponential rate? The answer could determine your firm’s fate.