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Unethical business practices harm organizations and economies. Large-scale business failures such as Enron—as well as the more recent failures related to the global financial crisis—highlight the consequences of unethical business practices and amoral management. Professional accountants, as stewards of transparency and trust, and subject to a professional code of ethics, have a key role to play not only in upholding but in encouraging and influencing ethical behavior and decision making within their organizations. Read More
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The AICPA has issued a Q&A to provide nonauthoritative guidance to auditors regarding independence requirements with respect to required supplementary information.
Studies examine corporate compliance programs, manager behavior, auditor decision-making, and managerial responsibility for internal control.
The independence of CPAs is the hallmark of the profession. As such, accountants put forth significant focus and effort to comply with independence requirements related to everything from investments to business and employment relationships to services delivered to clients. But being what accountants call independent in “fact” isn’t enough. CPAs also must be independent in appearance as well—a requirement detailed in various professional guidelines, including the AICPACode of Professional Conduct.
An article that considers the importance of independence in appearance as well as fact. It includes real-life examples of certain activities that may give rise to assertions of questionable independence in appearance and provides simple risk control principles to help accountants avoid these situations.
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