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.
To adapt to this rapidly evolving area of practice, the AICPA released this spring an exposure draft of the Proposed Statement on Standards in Personal Financial Planning Practice.
This article examines the two somewhat different versions of the rule on advising clients regarding erroneous tax return positions—one applied by the AICPA and the other by the IRS.
This column offers practical suggestions for ways a professional firm can communicate, reinforce, and monitor its code of conduct in tax practice.
Tthe AICPA has worked with the FSA to create a certification letter CPAs can use when their clients are asked to certify income and is providing its members with sample engagement and disclosure letters to be used in connection with providing a certification letter for clients.
Circular 230 SSTS No. 6 impose standards of conduct on CPAs who discover an error or omission in a prior-year tax return.
Recently issued revised and updated interpretations of the AICPA’s SSTS No.1, Tax Return Positions, provide guidance to practitioners on tax reporting standards when recommending return positions or preparing or signing returns.
This column discusses the tax professional’s due-diligence obligations under SSTS No. 3 and Circular 230.
As more states allow residents to report a liability for state use taxes on their individual income tax returns, practitioners will have to explain to clients their obligations in reporting use tax liability and address the professional standards for reporting use tax on a state income tax return.
This article focuses primarily on the Circular 230 tax preparer penalties and other sanctions as well as the regulations governing practice before the IRS that were revised by T.D. 9527.
Circular 230 forbids federal tax practitioners from having conflicts of interest, defined as representation of one client that is directly adverse to that of another client, or representing a client in circumstances creating a significant risk that the representation of one or more clients will be materially limited by the practitioner’s responsibilities to another client, a former client, or a third person or by a personal interest of the practitioner.
This column explains the Statement on Responsibilities in Personal Financial Planning Practice, issued by the AICPA’s PFP Executive Committee, and discusses how practitioners can use it to help clients with personal financial planning.
This column discusses uncertainty surrounding the codification of the economic substance doctrine and explores selected areas of impact on CPAs’ professional obligations and practice.
Revised AICPA statements on standards for Tax Services (SSTS) became effective on January 1, 2010, and provide high, enforceable ethical responsibilities for CPAs in providing tax services.
The AICPA has released revised Statements on Standards for Tax Services (SSTS), effective January 1, 2010. The SSTS are enforceable standards of tax practice issued by the AICPA’s Tax Executive Committee (TEC).
The AICPA's Tax Executive Committee released an exposure draft of proposed Statements for Tax Services (SSTS Nos. 1-7) on November 26, 2008.
On November 26, the AICPA's Tax Executive Committee exposed for review draft revised Statements on Standards for Tax Services (SSTS).
the AICPA issued Statement on Standards for Valuation Services (SSVS) No. 1, Valuation of a Business, Business Ownership Interest, Security, or Intangible Asset, effective for all engagements accepted on or after January 1, 2008. The new standards apply to any AICPA member, or a nonmember CPA practicing in a state that has adopted SSVS No. 1, who is engaged to estimate the value of a business, business ownership interest, security, or intangible asset.
Both Circular 230 and AICPA professional standards impose obligations on CPAs who encounter errors or omissions on prior-year tax returns.
Through regulations and other forms of guidance issued since 1999, the IRS has clearly put tax practitioners on notice that it considers tax shelter transactions that generate noneconomic tax losses as not allowable for federal income tax purposes.