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Home > Ethics > Ethics Standards for Maryland CPAs
Prerequisite
None
Knowledge Level
Basic
Copyright 2014

Publication Date
October, 2014
Ethics Standards for Maryland CPAs
Introduction Organization Learning Objectives Author Bios
Title: Ethics Standards for Maryland CPAs
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
Knowledge Level: Basic
Subject Matter Area: Regulatory Ethics, Behavioral Ethics
Date of Publication: October 2014
Copyright © 2014 by Thomson Reuters/Tax & Accounting All rights reserved.
Recommended CPE Credits:  
     Textbook w/Video Online: 4
     Textbook Only & Online: 4
Expiration Date: One year from date of receipt to complete program and submit quizzer to obtain credit
Passing Grade for Quizzer: 70 percent or higher



Use of Materials

DVD
The user should begin by watching the DVD segment, if any, for the chapter before reading the text. The user may wish to make notes of the most important concepts and any terms that are new. Next, the user should review the learning objectives at the beginning of the chapter and read the chapter. The user should work through each of the examples. It may be helpful to highlight important material and/or to make additional notes. Next, the user should complete the study questions at the end of the chapter and review the answers. If the user answers a study question incorrectly, s/he should review the section of the text that is indicated at the end of the explanation to the study question to assure comprehension of the material. The user should review the learning objectives once more to consider achievement of the objectives. After the user has finished watching the DVD and reading the text and working through the study questions, s/he may wish to review her/his notes and any sections of the text or DVD that were difficult. When the user is ready, s/he should complete the quizzer. Reviewing notes periodically will increase retention of the material.

Online
The user should begin by watching the streamed video segment, if any, or listening to the streamed audio segment, if any, for the chapter before reading the text. The user may wish to make notes of the most important concepts and any terms that are new. Next, the user should review the learning objectives at the beginning of the chapter and read the chapter. The user should work through each of the examples. After the user has studied each chapter, s/he should click on the link at the left to complete the interactive study questions. If the user answers a study question incorrectly, s/he should review the section of the text that is indicated at the end of the explanation to the study question to assure comprehension of the material. The user should review the learning objectives once more to consider achievement of the objectives. After the user has finished watching the streamed video, if any, or listening to the streamed audio, if any, and reading the text and working through the study questions, s/he may wish to review her/his notes and any sections of the text or video/audio, if any, that were difficult. When the user is ready, s/he should click on the link to the left to complete the quizzer. The user's CPE certificate will be provided immediately upon successful completion of the quizzer.



This program is divided into six (7) chapters

Chapter 1 focuses on ethical concepts, CPA responsibilities to the public, and information on whistleblowing under the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act.

Chapter 2 Examines the Maryland Code of Professional Conduct.

Chapter 3 discusses Mississippi Public Accountancy Rules and Regulations.

Chapter 4 examines independence and integrity requirements under the AICPA Code.

Chapter 5 covers additional rules under the AICPA Code, including responsibilities to clients and acts discreditable to the profession.

Chapter 6 reviews specific AICPA Tax Standards and PCAOB Rules.

Chapter 7 the glossary defines frequently used key termsl.


Helpful Guidance

Throughout this publication, the user will find explanations and discussions regarding some of the issues that often face practitioners. In order to enhance the user's comprehension of the material and highlight important practical considerations, this publication includes the following designations:

A Bisk CPEasy alert is intended to warn the practitioner of a particular situation that may require action or other consideration by the client or the practitioner on behalf of the client.

A Bisk CPEasy plan offers a strategy/discussion point when a practitioner is faced with a particular issue or situation.

A Bisk CPEasy point presents analysis or commentary that attempts to explain or clarify authoritative guidance.

A Bisk CPEasy tip provides practical advice that may be used to help improve client service or service to the practitioner's organization.

Upon successful completion of this program, the user should be able to:

  • Recognize the characteristics of ethics and the factors that should and should not be emphasized in making ethical decisions

  • Identify the causes behind the business failures at entities such as Enron, WorldCom, and Tyco

  • Determine the CPA responsibilities for confidentiality of client information

  • Identify how long a partner, member, director, or shareholder, surviving the death of all other partners, members, directors, or shareholders, continue to practice under the firm name after becoming a sole proprietor.

  • Determine which services a person who does not engage in any activity expressly included in the definition of the practice of certified public accountancy can engage in

  • Identify the disciplinary or corrective actions may the Maryland Board of Accountancy require upon receipt of a report from a peer reviewer

  • Determine to which entity penalties collected by the Maryland Board of Accountancy under §2-605 are to be paid

  • Recognize the principles of AICPA Code of Professional Conduct

  • Determine the elements in the AICPA Code description of the "Due Care" standard

  • Recognize what the conceptual framework for the AICPA independence standards provides CPAs

  • Identify the different types of threats to independence and how safeguards can mitigate those threats

  • Identify how failure to follow requirements of governmental bodies, commissions, or other regulatory agencies would lead to a violation of rules in the AICPA Code

  • Determine the proper ways in which a CPA can advertise or solicit clients

  • Identify the different types of tax reporting standards and the corresponding likelihood amounts of each

  • Determine when a CPA may still recommend a tax position that does not satisfy the realistic possibility standard

  • Identify which PCAOB Rules are considered to create an overall framework


Steven M. Mintz, PhD, is a professor at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. His expertise is in ethics and he teaches a course in accounting ethics at Cal Poly. Dr. Mintz is the holder of a PhD in Accounting and International Business from George Washington University, an MBA in Management Sciences from Syracuse University, and a BS in Accounting from Long Island University. He was certified in New York State but no longer practices as a licensed CPA. Dr. Mintz writes a popular ethics blog under the name, Ethics Sage. The website is: http://www.ethicssage.com. He has been interviewed by publications such as The New York Times because of his expertise in ethics. He has published about 30 papers in business and accounting ethics and made dozens of presentations on ethics topics to academic and professional groups. His textbook, co-authored with Roselyn Morris, Ethical Obligations and Decision-Making in Accounting: Text and Cases (3rd edition), was published by McGraw-Hill Irwin in 2014. The book is used in about 40 colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Mintz edited the Advances in Business Ethics Research series "Accounting for the Public Interest: Perspectives on Accountability, Professionalism and Role in Society." Dr. Mintz serves on the Ethics Curriculum Committee of the California Board of Accountancy that is charged with identifying 10-units of ethics education to be part of the state's 150-hour educational requirement. (Author/Speaker)



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