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New AICPA Interpretation Proposed on Disclosing Client Information

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Professional Ethics Executive Committee has issued an exposure draft that proposes a new interpretation of a confidentiality rule concerning the disclosure of confidential client information. Per the rule, an AICPA member is not allowed to share a client’s confidential information without the client’s specified consent. There are exceptions to gaining specific client consent, such as for members who obtain a practice review authorized under the AICPA, a state CPA society, or Board of Accountancy. As currently written, the standard does not clarify whether the exceptions to the rule extends to quality reviews.. Read More.

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AICPA Board Releases Exposure Draft for Leases Interpretation

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Professional Ethics Executive Committee (“PEEC”) has issued an exposure draft, Proposed Revisions to the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct: Leases Interpretation, which proposes updates to the independence guidance for leases under the Code of Professional Conduct. The proposed amendments relate to Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases, which was released last year by the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Upon the standard’s release, the PEEC assumed a project to review its leases interpretation. After its review, the PEEC agreed to update the interpretation for consistency and to address situations that could threaten independence. The exposure draft offers guidance for situations wherein a covered member. Read More.

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New Code of Professional Conduct Ethics Interpretations Issued

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Professional Ethics Executive Committee has published the following new interpretations of the Code of Professional Conduct: Hosting Services (ET sec. 1.295.143) under the Independence Rule (ET sec. 1.200.001). Effective September 1, 2018, this interpretation offers guidance in circumstances when a member providing non-attest services, and the member is the sole host of a financial or non-financial information system for an attest client, in charge of or protecting the client’s data or records or keeping electronic security or reserve services for an attest client’s data or records. Pressure to Breach the Rules (ET sec.. Read More.

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Comment Period for AICPA Ethics Board Proposal Ends Friday

Tomorrow is the last day to comment on an Exposure Draft by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Professional Ethics Executive Committee. The Exposure Draft, Proposed Interpretations — Responding to Non-Compliance with Laws and Regulations, introduces new interpretations of the AICPA Code of Processional Conduct. The proposed new interpretations are entitled “Responding to Non-Compliance with Laws and Regulations” (ET sec. 1.170.010 and 2.170.010) under the “Integrity and Objectivity Rule” (ET sec. 1.100.001 and 2.100.001), and will impact members in public practice and business. The new interpretations offer guidance on a member’s responsibilities when handling non-compliance with regulations at. Read More.

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AICPA Ethics Board Issues Exposure Draft on Legal Non-Compliance

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Professional Ethics Executive Committee has proposed new interpretations concerning the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. The two proposed interpretations are part of the Exposure Draft, Responding to Non-Compliance with Laws and Regulations , and impacts members in both public practice and business. Entitled “Responding to Non-Compliance with Laws and Regulations” under the “Integrity and Objectivity Rule”, the proposed interpretations offer guidance on a member’s responsibilities when handling non-compliance with regulations at a client or in his or her employing organization. Members that encounter non-compliance must either: Allow the client’s or employing company’s oversight and those with the authority to resolve the. Read More.

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AICPA Committee Proposes Changes for Members in Business

The American Institute of CPAs’ (“AICPA”) Professional Ethics Executive Committee has proposed amendments to the interpretation of the “Knowing Misrepresentations in the Preparation of Financial Statements or Records” under the Code of Professional Conduct. Outlined in its exposure draft, Omnibus Proposal AICPA Professional Ethics Division: Proposed Revised and New Interpretations Applicable to Members in Business, the PEEC wants to expand the guidance under the “Integrity and Objectivity Rule” to include other responsibilities of a member in business when disclosing financial information or non-financial information and details not bound by reporting requirements. The PEEC proposes members responsible for financial information to. Read More.

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