Tax Ethics & Standards

An Overview of AICPA and IRS Rules of Practice

This column refreshes practitioners on the AICPA and IRS rules of practice, provides a list of resources for questions and answers, and details the relationship and similarities between the AICPA and IRS ethics standards related to tax practice.

Integrating Tax Ethics Into the First Tax Course

Because students generally are in the early stages of their professional development, they easily can be exposed to professional ethics issues and preferred professional behaviors in common ethical situations as they learn more about tax technical content and the practical implementation of those rules.

CPAs and Privileged Communications

Even though the privilege has been traditionally reserved for attorneys, as the world has became more complex, the courts have expanded privilege beyond attorneys to include accountants in certain situations.

Current Tax Return Disclosure Issues Involving Sec. 7216

Practitioners face some difficult scenarios in properly disclosing or using client tax return information. Multiple professional ethics pronouncements and federal and state legislative and administrative pronouncements all must be considered before acting.

CPAs and Comfort Letters: The New Chocolate

For years, CPAs have been asked by third parties for verification, confirmation, certification, corroboration, authentication, or substantiation of their clients’ financial information. Negative connotations have often been associated with these requests.

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Tax software survey

Our annual survey offers a look at how CPAs judged their tax preparation software in a wide range of types of practices.

NEWS

Congress enacts tax reform

Here are many of the most important provisions in the new law that affect both individual taxpayers and businesses. All changes were effective Jan. 1, 2018, except as noted.