Professional Ethics

Nonattest services quiz

How much do you know about independence safeguards, documentation requirements, and other key aspects of nonattest services? Find out in this six-question quiz.

Maintaining independence with nonattest services

Clients must meet responsibilities, and safeguards can be put in place to prevent impairments to independence. Education is important for clients and CPAs, and proper documentation is a must.

What's your fraud IQ?

Organizations seeking to prevent and detect fraud can greatly boost their chances of success by instituting a strong ethics program. How can you develop and deploy a good ethics program? What are the characteristics of an ethical work environment? Test your knowledge in this month’s Fraud IQ quiz.

Applied ethics

The revised AICPA Code of Professional Conduct is accessible on a dynamic electronic platform that allows users to conduct basic and advanced searches, and boasts many other features. Get ready for the revised code’s effective date, Dec. 15, 2014, by trying to answer these questions with the new platform at pub.aicpa.org/codeofconduct.

All in a dishonest day’s work

It’s difficult to believe, but sometimes CPA firm employees, and even partners, steal from clients. While a CPA firm’s leaders may believe this would never happen to them, claim experience in the AICPA Professional Liability Insurance Program demonstrates this does occur.

Ethics made easier: How to use the revised AICPA Code of Professional Conduct

The revised AICPA Code of Professional Conduct is accessible on a dynamic electronic platform that allows users to conduct and save basic and advanced searches. The platform includes features such as pop-ups for defined terms, the ability to create and name bookmarks, and create and save notes, as well as hyperlinking to content in the code and to external nonauthoritative material issued by staff of the Ethics Division.

Highlights of ethics research

The authors distill research published in tax and accounting journals of interest to busy practitioners. This article focuses on academic research in ethics.

Revised AICPA code of ethics … What’s the fuss?

If all goes as planned, a revised AICPA Code of Professional Conduct will be adopted by the Professional Ethics Executive Committee at its Jan. 28–29 meeting. In stark contrast to today’s code, the reformatted ethics code is intuitively organized. It separates the guidance by line of business, then by topic, and topics are further broken down as necessary into subtopics and sections. In addition, a number of substantive changes were made to existing guidance.

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