Aicpa Code of Professional Conduct

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AICPA Code of Professional Conduct ETH/376 November 26, 2012 AICPA Code of Professional Conduct The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is a professional, but voluntary, association that provides memberships to Certified Public Accountants. It outlines a CPA’s ethical and professional responsibilities through its Code of Conduct (Vitez, 2012). It is considered the foundation of ethical reasoning in accounting because of the principles that it outlines and it links professional conduct to moral judgment. The AICPA outlines six principles of conduct that accountants and CPAs can follow to remain professional in their dealings with their own clients or companies that they work for. These principles include Responsibilities, Public Interest, Integrity, Objectivity and Independence, Due Care, and Scope and Nature of Services. Accountants can use these principles as a guide when they encounter questionable requests from their clients, or supervisors, as well as avoiding any conflicts of interest that may arise (Mintz and Morris, 2011). It is important that accountants act ethically in reporting a company’s finances. Investors, as well as the general public rely on information when making financial decisions and whether to invest in a company. Out of the purposes of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct, three of the most important include public interest, integrity, and due care. This is because CPAs always should put others’ interest ahead of their own. Public interest, which includes clients, credit grantors, governments, employers, and investors, calls for resolving conflicts between stakeholder groups by recognizing that it is the CPA’s responsibility to best serve in the interests of their clients and employers. Integrity involves being honest and candid with clients and not subordinating public trust to personal gain and advantage. Due care

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