The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) has issued a new ethics interpretation around Compliance Audits. The interpretation adds two new definitions and revises a third definition. In addition, several Q&As were added to provide context for the application of the independence rules for these engagements.
We kick off 2023 with a look at the final standards that were issued by the FASB, GASB and AICPA throughout 2022. We’ll give an executive overview of what was issued and how it may impact financial reporting, auditing and ethics.
The AICPA has issued 3 new question and answers around the implementation of the new Information System Services interpretation which will be effective in January 2023. The interpretation has been delayed twice – first due to COVID and then due to concerns around implementation. During the 2022 ENGAGE conference, AICPA staff members met with concerned individuals to better understand the concerns and the Q&As address some of the larger concerns noted.
The initial guidance for 529 plans was issued back in 2005. Since then, there has been significant changes to how plans are run. The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee had received feedback and in the Work Plan looked at reevaluating the area. In September 2022, they issued a technical correction to make the safeguard easier to apply for holders of 529 plan investments.
Quarter 3 of 2022 is in the books. We’ll review the accounting and auditing (and ethics) standards issued by standard setters this quarter.
The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) has proposed changes to a few interpretations to align the verbiage around ownership with previously issued interpretations related to loans. The proposed changes address three sections of the ethics code. Comments are due July 5.