The AICPA has issued a proposal to update key terminology and certain ethics interpretations to better align with changes made by the SEC. The AICPA issued a temporary enforcement policy earlier this year. The goal is for this proposal to make the needed alignments. Comments are due January 5, 2022.
The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) has issued a proposal to revise the rules around unpaid fees. The current rules use a one year period with no considerations of materiality. The proposal would move to a principles based approach with a threats and safeguards application. Comments are due December 20, 2021.
The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants® (IESBA®) has issued two new ethics standards. The first addresses fee-related prohibitions. Firms may not permit the audit fee to be influenced by the provision of services other than the audit to the audit client. In addition, they revised the non-assurance services rules to clarify the circumstances in which firms may provide nonassurance services to an audit or assurance client.
The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) has issued an updated proposal around reporting noncompliance with laws and regulations (NOCLAR). Originally issued in 2017, PEEC has been trying to converge with the international standards while addressing unique US issues. The proposal includes separating the requirements for those in public practice between those providing attest services and those providing services that are not attest services. It also provides other clarifications in response to the comment letters received in the first proposal. Comments are due June 30.
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 The policy is effective until rescinded.