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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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Rep. Maloney Introduces Controversial Disclosure Bill to House

Resembling a 2010 bill enacted by California, H.R. 4842, the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2014, was recently introduced in the House of Representatives. The proposed bill requires U.S. public companies with $100 million in yearly sales to submit annual reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) detailing their efforts to recognize suppliers that use slaves, forced labor or children for producing goods. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the bill’s sponsor, remarked that the requirement would inform consumers on what measures companies are taking to stop illegal labor practices, and reaffirms such businesses to communicate what. Read More.

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