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, Title 12, Article 2 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, and the Rules of the State Board of Accountancy found in Chapter 3 of the Code of Colorado Regulations, Section 705-1. These sources govern the practice and responsibilities of Colorado CPAs. It concludes with a section on how a CPA can put his or her ethics into action.
1. To educate licensees in ethics of professional accounting as CPAs.
2. To convey the intent of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and the Colorado Rules & Regulations in the performance of professional accounting services/work, not to adhere to the mere technical compliance of such rules.
3. To assist the CPA in applying 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.
4. To review the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and Colorado Rules & Regulations and to discuss their implications for persons in a variety of practices, including:
Professor Allsion McLeod is currently a full-time Senior Lecturer at the University of North Texas, and has taught classes in Corporate Income Taxes, Multi-jurisdictional Taxation, Individual Taxes, Tax Research, Ethics and Financial Accounting. Prior to going into academia, she worked for 18 years in industry and in a Big Four accounting firm. Professor McLeod earned a law degree from Baylor School of Law, and an LL.M. degree in Taxation from Southern Methodist School of Law. She has been a licensed CPA since 1993 and has been licensed to practice law since 1992.
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Allison M. (Yee) McLeod, LL.M., JD, CPA, has served as an expert witness in multi-million dollar cases involving tax litigation and accounting malpractice.
Professor McLeod is also a full-time Senior Lecturer at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Her courses include Ethics, Corporate Taxation, Tax Research and Financial Accounting.