Professional Issues


The AICPA professional ethics executive committee issues an exposure draft ( www.aicpa.org/members/div/ethics/ed020617.htm ) with revisions of five independence interpretations and/ or rulings. The proposed changes relate to trustee or executor relationships with clients, former practitioners and firm independence, relationships with entities included in government financial statements, auditors of insurance companies and depository relationships with clients’ financial institutions. Comments on the ED are due August 17.

NEWS

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.

PODCAST

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.