The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) has issued a Temporary Policy Statement regarding the recent changes by the SEC to their independence rules. Because the rules do not align with the AICPA Code, while PEEC evaluates whether any changes are needed, PEEC has provided a temporary enforcement permitting auditors who follow both to be compliant if they adopt the new SEC rules. The policy is effective until rescinded.
In 2019, the AICPA issued a consultation paper for feedback on the projects PEEC should address. After evaluating feedback, PEEC has issued their Strategy and Work Plan for 2021-2023 which includes standard setting and member enrichment projects. This week’s blog addresses what projects made the cut and when the projects will be kicking off.
The AICPA has rolled out a Toolkit to Assist Firms in identifying affiliates under the new ET Section 1.224.020. In June 2019, the PEEC rolled out a new definition of affiliate for State and Local Governments. However, the new rules were complex so the AICPA has released a decision tree for identifying affiliates as well as a variety of tools that firms can use to determine their compliance with the independence standards.
The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) is re-proposing an interpretation for staff augmentation. This proposal would further limit the ability of firms to offer staff augmentation services. The proposal also offers two areas currently not addressed in the proposal as potential changes where PEEC is looking for additional feedback. Comments are due December 8, 2020.
The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) is asking for feedback on future standard setting items. They have identified potential issues and practice areas where either updated standards are needed or additional member education. They are looking for your input to determine whether they are on the right track. Did they miss anything? Anything on there not really necessary? It’s your opportunity to help set the agenda for the committee that writes the Code of Professional Conduct. Comments are due by February 28, 2020.
The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) of the AICPA has published a revision to Independence Rule Interpretations related to Information System Services. The interpretation offers guidance to members that provide nonattest services related to an attest client’s information systems. It is much more detailed than previous guidance in order to help members understand under what circumstances independence would be impaired and when it would not be impaired. The newly released amendment is effective on January 1, 2021 and early implementation is allowed.