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A Basic Ethics Guidebook For Minnesota CPAs

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Allison McLeod, Doc. of Law

Allison M. McLeod LL.M. CPA A PLLC

  • CPA (US)

Published: June, 2020

Before starting this self study program, please go through the instructional document.


  • What Are Ethics?
    13 mins
  • Type of Normative Ethical Theory
    24 mins
  • Consequentialism
    29 mins
  • Virtue Ethics
    56 mins
  • Aristitle's Virtue
    59 mins
  • Integrity
    80 mins
  • Threats to Independence
    98 mins
  • Conflicts of interest
    108 mins
  • Ethics Alarms
    139 mins
  • Minnesota Rules
    145 mins
  • Use Of CPA Designation & Practice Privileges
    152 mins
  • Impact of Code Violations
    203 mins

Course Description

A CPA is challenged in today’s work world to not only serve his/her client or employer but also to protect the public interest by ensuring that there is transparency in financial reporting or there is fair administration of the tax laws.  In balancing the two interests, a CPA may find him or herself in an ethical dilemma. This course covers not only basic ethical frameworks, but also specific rules from the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct, and the Minnesota Revised Statutes, Administrative Rules and Code of Professional Conduct. These sources govern the practice and responsibilities of Minnesota CPAs. It concludes with a section on how a CPA can put his or her ethics into action. 

Learning Objectives

  • To apply the ethics of professional accounting as CPAs through the analysis of case studies involving both actual situations and hypothetical facts.
  • To apply ethical judgment in interpreting the rules and determining public interest. Public interest should be placed ahead of self-interest, even if it means a loss of job or client.
  • To analyze and apply the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and Connecticut law that pertain to CPAs licensed to practice in the state of Connecticut. Students will become familiar with the Connecticut General Statues and Code of Professional Conduct, and the Policies adopted by the Board current
  • To determine the course of action that would uphold the intent of the rules in the performance of professional accounting services/work, not just to adhere to the mere technical compliance of such rules.
  • To review and discuss the rules and their implications for persons in a variety of practices, including:

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Managers
  • Accounting Practice Owners
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Large Firm
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • CPA in Business
  • Entrepreneurial Accountant
  • Senior Accountant
  • Young CPA





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