As part of its continuing effort to combat financial reporting fraud, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) recently issued Release No. 2014-002, which adopted Auditing Standard No. 18, Related Parties, and amended certain existing standards.

A fundamental tax planning strategy is to accelerate deductible expenses into the current year. This typically will defer — and in some cases permanently reduce — your taxes. But there are exceptions. One is if the additional deductions this year trigger the alternative minimum tax (AMT).

The Tax Senior Associate is responsible for preparing complex tax returns and providing tax related services for clients. They will research and identify tax and accounting treatment for issues, propose solutions and consult with experienced staff as necessary.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity team issued a warning against the Shellshock bug, a high risk software vulnerability that could affect millions of Linux and Mac computers.

Public companies planning to expand internationally — particularly into “high-risk” markets — should be wary of the FCPA. This was enacted to make it unlawful for certain classes of persons and entities to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business.

If you’re self-employed, you may be able to set up a retirement plan that allows you to make much larger contributions than you could make as an employee.

The Financial Institutions Compliance associate will assume responsibility for assigned sections of regulatory and compliance audit engagements and complete audit compliance programs for assigned areas.

As the number of investigations into financial crisis cases continues to wane, the SEC is refocusing its efforts and resources into public company financial fraud.

Why everyone’s talking about these cross-border mergers.

Are you planning to make charitable donations before year end? Do you own appreciated stock that you’d like to sell, but you’re concerned about the tax hit? Then consider donating it to charity rather than making a cash gift.