A CPA is challenged in today’s work world to not only serve his/her client or employer but also to protect the public interest by ensuring that there is transparency in financial reporting or there is fair administration of the tax laws. In balancing the two interests, a CPA may find him or herself in an ethical dilemma. This course covers not only basic ethical frameworks, but also specific rules from the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct, Washington Public Accountancy Act, and the Board Rules found in the Washington Administrative Code. These sources govern the practice and responsibilities of Washington CPAs. It concludes with a section on how a CPA can put his or her ethics into action.
- To educate licensees in ethics of professional accounting as CPAs.
- To convey the intent of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct, the Washington Administrative Code and Washington Public Accountancy Act in the performance of professional accounting services/work, not to adhere to the mere technical compliance of such rules.
- To assist the CPA in applying ethical judgment in interpreting the rules and determining public interest. Public interest should be placed ahead of self-interest, even if it means a loss of job or client.
- To review the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and the Washington Administrative Code and Washington Public Accountancy Act and to discuss their implications for persons in a variety of practices, including:
- CPAs in client practice of public accountancy who perform attest and non-attest services.
- CPAs employed in industry who provide internal accounting and auditing services.
- CPAs employed in education or in government accounting or auditing.
- This course discusses the Washington Statutes and Rules that pertain to CPAs licensed to practice in the state of Washington. Students will become familiar with the Washington Administrative Code and Washington Public Accountancy Act currently in effect and how the statutes, rules, and policies pertain to them.
Recommended CPE Hours: 4 CPE credit hours (which includes 2 CPE hours of Washington Rules & Regulations) will be granted based on a 50-minute hour in accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.
Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics (includes Washington Rules & Regulations)
Program Level: Basic
Advanced Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Self-Study
Author: Allison M. McLeod LL.M., JD, CPA
NASBA Sponsor Number: 138771
NASBA Sponsor Statement: Allison M. McLeod, LL.M., CPA, A PLLC, is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.
NASBA Quality Assurance Service (QAS) approval: This course has applied under NASBA’s QAS and is pending approval.