WSR 00-11-071

PERMANENT RULES

BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY


[ Filed May 15, 2000, 2:01 p.m. , effective June 30, 2000 ]

Date of Adoption: April 28, 2000.

Purpose: To identify the standards with which the board requires certified public accountants (CPAs) to comply and the bodies that promulgate the identified standards.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 4-25-631 With which rules, regulations and professional standards must a CPA comply?

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.04.055 (2) and (6).

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 00-07-008 on March 3, 2000.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: June 30, 2000.

May 8, 2000

Dana M. McInturff, CPA

Executive Director

OTS-3865.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-12-050, filed 5/29/98, effective 6/29/98)

WAC 4-25-631
((Compliance with standards.)) With which rules, regulations and professional standards must a CPA comply?

((A certified public accountant shall exercise due care and professional judgment in order to comply with the pertinent accounting principles, professional standards, regulations, releases and rules (hereinafter referred to as "standards") promulgated by the "appropriate bodies" for each endeavor undertaken. A certified public accountant shall be knowledgeable of federal, state and local law pertinent to the endeavor. If professional standards differ from board rule, board rules prevail.

Such "appropriate bodies" include, but are not limited to, the Securities and Exchange Commission; the Financial Accounting Standards Board; the Governmental Accounting Standards Board; the Internal Revenue Service; federal, state, and local audit, regulatory and tax agencies; the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; and recognized educational and industry institutions.

Such "standards" include, but are not limited to:

(1) Regulation SX and the accounting series releases of the Securities and Exchange Commission;

(2) Generally accepted accounting principles and other comprehensive bases of accounting;

(3) Generally accepted auditing, review, compilation, attestation, consulting and peer review standards;

(4) Generally accepted government accounting standards;

(5) Consensus opinions of "appropriate bodies'" such as Emerging Issues Task Forces;

(6) Circular 230 of the IRS and "appropriate bodies'" guidance with respect to responsibilities in tax practice;

(7) Rules governing practice before regulatory agencies; and

(8) Guidance found in industry publications and textbooks and articles published by recognized accounting professionals or societies.)) A CPA must comply with rules, regulations, and professional standards (standards) promulgated by the appropriate bodies for each endeavor undertaken. However, if professional standards differ from board rule, board rules prevail.

Such appropriate bodies include, but are not limited to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB); the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB); the Cost Accounting Standards Board (CASB); the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB); the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO); the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB); the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and federal, state, and local audit, regulatory and tax agencies.

Such standards include:

(1) Statements on Auditing Standards and related Auditing Interpretations issued by the AICPA including subsequent amendments;

(2) Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services and related Accounting and Review Services Interpretations issued by the AICPA including subsequent amendments;

(3) Statements on Governmental Accounting and Financial Reporting Services issued by GASB including subsequent amendments;

(4) Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements and related Attestation Engagements Interpretations issued by AICPA including subsequent amendments;

(5) Statements of Financial Accounting Standards, together with those Accounting Research Bulletins and Accounting Principles Board Opinions which are not superseded by action of the FASB, including subsequent amendments;

(6) Statement on Standards for Consulting Services issued by the AICPA including subsequent amendments;

(7) Statements on Quality Control Standards issued by the AICPA including subsequent amendments;

(8) Statements on Responsibilities in Tax Practice and Interpretation of Statements on Responsibilities in Tax Practice issued by the AICPA including subsequent amendments;

(9) Statements on Responsibilities in Personal Financial Planning Practice issued by the AICPA including subsequent amendments;

(10) Professional Code of Conduct issued by the AICPA including interpretations, ethics rulings, and subsequent amendments;

(11) Governmental Auditing Standards issued by the U.S. General Accounting Office, and subsequent amendments; and

(12) Auditing and Accounting Guides (both General and Industry) issued by the AICPA.

If the professional services are governed by standards not included in subsections (1) through (12) of this section, the CPA must:

Justify the departure from the standards listed in subsections (1) through (12) of this section;

Determine what standards are applicable; and

Comply with the applicable standards.

Copies of the above standards may be inspected at the board's office.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.04.055(6). 98-12-050, 4-25-631, filed 5/29/98, effective 6/29/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.40.055. 93-22-046, 4-25-631, filed 10/28/93, effective 11/28/93.]

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