Ethics for California (4 Hrs)

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Ethics for California CPAs

This is an ethics course for California covering standards of professional conduct and business practices adhered to by accountants such as CPAs in order to enhance their profession and maximize idealism, justice and fairness when dealing with the public, clients and other members of their profession. It also presents an approach –the threats and safeguards approach –to coping with ethical dilemmas. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and its impact on business ethics, new internal control requirements, and the CPA’s responsibilities are summarized. Finally, a brief discussion of the AICPA’s Standards for Tax Service and the IMA’s Statement of Ethical Professional Practice are included.

Note: California requires a board-approved 2-hour Regulatory Review course every 6 years. This course does not meet that requirement but is designed to meet the requirement for 4-hours of general ethics when a Regulatory Review course is not required.

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Price: $59

Course No. ECA04
Text: Ethics and Professional Conduct for California CPAs
Format: Online pdf (99 pages). Printed book available.
Instructional Delivery Method: QAS Self-study
Prerequisites: None
Advance Preparation: None
Level: Overview
CPE Credit: 4 hrs.
Field of Study: Regulatory Ethics
Course expiration:  You have one year from date of purchase to complete the course.
Course Revision Date: May 2019


Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
• Recognize ethical reasoning used by accountants.
• Identify different principles and rules of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct.
• Identify independence and objectivity issues.
• Recognize ethical standards and violations.
• Identify the key issues of corporate responsibility law (Sarbanes-Oxley act) that influence auditor independence.
• Identify licensing and disciplinary mechanisms within the profession.
• Identify the ethical standards required of accountants and financial professionals by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

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