CPA Ethics Practical Guide to Integrity & Objectivity - (Updated 2019 - AICPA Code)

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Allison McLeod, Doc. of Law

Allison M. McLeod LL.M. CPA A PLLC

  • ABV
  • CPA

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


  • About ethics
    2 mins
  • AICPA Code of Professional Conduct - The guide of Ethics for CPAs
    7 mins
  • The various Components of the Code
    9 mins
  • Understanding the Organization of the code
    10 mins
  • What is integrity?
    12 mins
  • Case Studies covering various aspects of integrity and objectivity
    21 mins
  • What is Subordination of Judgment?
    40 mins
  • What is Objectivity?
    46 mins

Course Description

Whether you are just beginning your career or have been a practitioner for many (many) years, as a Certified Public Accountant you assume an obligation to adhere to the fundamental principles of integrity & objectivity in all of your professional activities.These principles are the accounting profession's recognition of its responsibilities to the public, to clients, and to colleagues. 

They help guide CPAs in the performance of their professional responsibilities and form the foundation of ethical decision-making and actions. Those who rely on CPAs rightfully expect them to discharge their professional responsibilities with integrity & objectivity . In this respect, CPAs often face conflicting pressures from clients, investors, governments, and the financial community. In resolving these conflicts CPAs must act ethically, with integrity as their guiding principle, in order to fulfill their responsibilities to all those involved.

This course will focus on how to integrate integrity and objectivity in situations faced by the accounting professional on a daily basis. The participant will be able to know not just what is the right thing to do according to the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct but how to put your values into action! As part of this course, we will also walk through real world examples of individuals and companies faced with these dilemmas.

Learning Objectives

  • To define integrity and objectivity as promulgated by the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and understand its importance to the CPA.
  • Have the ability to identify situations where the CPA may be susceptible to subordinating his/her judgment to a client or employer.
  • To understand the core principles of professional conduct – Integrity & Objectivity
  • To recognize ethical responsibilities for performing tax services.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Firm
  • Auditors
  • Business Owner
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Large Firm
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • CPA in Business
  • Enrolled Agent
  • Entrepreneurial CPA
  • Outsourced CFO
  • Senior Accountant
  • Tax Firm
  • Tax Practitioners
  • Tax Pros
  • Young CPA





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