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Ethics Interpretation Proposal: Compliance Audits

June 28, 2022

The AICPA's Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) has proposed some new independence rules related to compliance audits. The AICPA is aware that much of the new COVID-19 related funding is causing many entities who have not been subject to audit requirements or single audit requirements historically to now be subject to them. The proposal adds two definitions and revises the definition of financial statement attest client to help identify which independence rules apply to these engagements. Comments are due September 1, 2022.

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FASB ITC: Government Assistance for Business Entities

June 21, 2022

FASB has issued an Invitation to Comment to gather feedback about the operability of leveraging IAS 20 for government grants for for-profit entities in the US. The ITC does not include any preliminary views but is to help the FASB staff gather information from stakeholders about any benefits or issues that should be considered in the project. Comments are due September 12, 2022.

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Understanding First-Party and Third-Party Cyber Coverages

June 21, 2022

With cybersecurity threats coming from all directions, it’s important for CPA firms and their staff to be aware of how the risk exposures impact the firm as well as the client. When there is a claim, it is important to understand how cyber insurance coverages work with the legal and technical experts to produce the best possible outcomes for your firm.

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Sourcing a Strong Candidate Pool is Pushing Firms Outside Their Comfort Zone

June 07, 2022

No industry is immune from a lack of labor, even in the professional classifications such as accountants. Firms are hiring remote workers in order to stay competitive. Let's look at ways to protect your firm as you hire a remote workforce.

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How Your Story Will be Told to a Jury

May 25, 2022

One of the most difficult concepts to communicate to CPAs is how their actions for which they are getting sued will be portrayed to the jury. The gap between the experienced reality and the story told at trial is a chasm, yet it is illustrative of what CPAs need to do today to minimize risk tomorrow.

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OMB Issues 2022 Compliance Supplement

May 16, 2022

OMB has issued its 2022 Compliance Supplement. The Compliance Supplement includes new ARPA programs that were not addressed in the 2021 Supplement so this can be very helpful to auditors wrapping up some outstanding 2021 audits. The Supplement should be used for 6/30/22 year-ends and beyond.

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Let’s Connect This Summer: Resources for Students

May 13, 2022

Are you looking for ways to stay connected with your fellow students during the summer? Hoping to do some networking while waiting for meet-the-firm events and campus recruiting to start back up in the fall? Well, the WSCPA has just what you need with WSCPA Connect.

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Use of a Service Provider in the Confirmation Process

May 09, 2022

The PCAOB has issued a staff spotlight looking at some auditor considerations when using a service provider in the confirmation process. It encourages auditors to evaluate whether they have maintained control over the confirmation and to what extent they can rely on third party controls. This is nonauthoritative guidance to help improve audit quality.

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Changes Coming to Peer Review Administration in Washington

May 04, 2022

For more than 25 years Julie Phipps has administered the Peer Review Program for Washington CPA firms on behalf of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Julie plans to retire in May 2023, and the WSCPA has made the decision to outsource the administration of the Peer Review Program to the Colorado Society of CPAs. How will this affect your firm? Read on.

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5 Ways to Address Talent Constraints

May 03, 2022

The Great Resignation has been a hot topic of discussion in firms around the country. People are leaving their current jobs — not just for other firms, but for other careers. It’s more important than ever to focus on increasing our ability to get work done with limited resources.

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Continuing Education: A Vital Component of an Accountant’s Professional Development Toolkit

May 03, 2022

There has been a seismic shift in the role of accountants. Today’s accountants need to continuously adapt, evolve and improve to keep up with business’ accelerated pace of change. Continuing education is a tool accounting professionals can equip themselves with to build a future-ready career.

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Embracing Changes with Agility

May 03, 2022

When thinking of the organizations and companies that have survived and thrived during COVID, practicing agility is usually the most common attribute of success. Here are few of tips for remaining agile, and how the WSCPA is providing resources to guide you through obstacles.

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OMB Updates Compliance Requirements

May 02, 2022

The AICPA has proposed significant changes to AU-C 600 and the requirements of a group audit. Some changes are definitional but the new standard also includes a more risk based approach for addressing financial statements that contain multiple components. Comments are due June 21, 2022.

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Building Memories & New Adventures

April 27, 2022

The WSCPA building was a gathering place. It was a destination for past chair socials for those that built our profession. It was a venue for board meetings and committee collaborations. Tom Sulewski pauses, reflects and smiles about the WSCPA building that triggers great memories for so many members.

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AU-C 600 and Group Audits

April 18, 2022

The AICPA has proposed significant changes to AU-C 600 and the requirements of a group audit. Some changes are definitional but the new standard also includes a more risk based approach for addressing financial statements that contain multiple components. Comments are due June 21, 2022.

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Renew Your WSCPA Membership

April 15, 2022

It is WSCPA membership renewal time! Maintain your connection to a supportive community of accounting professionals across the state and keep saving on top-tier CPE and business services. Take just a few minutes to renew today.

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Executive Order on Digital Assets

April 04, 2022

On March 9th, President Biden issued an executive order encouraging the federal government to research and respond to the use of digital assets including cryptocurrency. The order, which focused primarily on research requirements, asks the Federal Reserve to research Central Bank Digital Currencies.

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Why Accounting?

April 01, 2022

As the Student Outreach & Initiatives Coordinator with the WSCPA, I have spent a lot of that time speaking to students across Washington State who are either just beginning their education in accounting or who are just learning about the accounting profession. One question that these students regularly ask is, “Why did you choose accounting?”

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SEC Proposes ESG Reporting

March 29, 2022

The SEC has proposed new environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting and disclosure requirements for public companies. For larger companies, it would also include an attestation requirement regarding greenhouse gas disclosures. Comments are due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, or May 20, whichever is later.

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WSCPA Building Sells Quickly: What's Next?

March 29, 2022

In February I announced that after 40 years the WSCPA would be selling its 9,000 square-foot building. The day the building went up for sale offers starting coming in. We accepted an offer and the building sold at the end of February. There is still time for you to say goodbye to the building before the end of June, when we will be moving. I hope you can join us at an upcoming event.

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