Ethical Considerations for CPAs


CPAs today face greater challenges than ever to maintain the high ethical standards of their profession. This course provides a framework within which to consider the ethical challenges facing CPAs and focuses on ethical requirements that CPAs must adhere to in their everyday practice, including practical examples of potential ethical dilemmas that practitioners may encounter. PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE COVERS GENERAL ETHICS AND IS APPLICABLE IN STATES IN WHICH STATE-SPECIFIC ETHICS IS NOT REQUIRED.


The CPA's role in today's economy The similarities and differences between individual and business ethics The link between ethics, integrity and scruples The basic attributes of ethics and professional conduct The history of the CPA profession and the CPA's requirement to adhere to ethics policies and codes of conduct The AICPA's Code of Professional Conduct and a CPA's responsibility to the public, clients, and colleagues The common rules and statutes faced daily in the CPA profession. Case studies may also be utilized to present potential ethical dilemmas CPAs may face during their careers


Understand the attributes of ethics and professional conduct Identify ethical issues that occur every day in the work environment Understand those deliberative, emotional, and social skills that enable a CPA to put their knowledge of the rules into practice in ways that are applicable to any situation

Designed For

All CPAs


Thomas Newell

Thomas (Tom) is a shareholder in the firm of Newell & Newell, P.C., which is located in Columbus, GA. Tom started the firm with his wife, Silvia Newell, CPA in 1986. Prior to that, his public accounting experience included both local firms and international firms. Tom is an active peer reviewer, having performed over 200 reviews, and has been involved with the peer review program since 1989. Tom served on the Georgia Society peer review committees from 1989 to 1993. In 1993, he was selected to be one of the technical reviewers for the Georgia Society and served as a technical reviewer for them for nine years. Tom has also served several years on the accounting and auditing committee at the Georgia Society. In addition, he has been a frequent speaker for the Georgia Society of CPAs at the Southeastern Accounting Show, Tax Forum (A&A topics), and the Accounting Institute among other conferences. Tom is also a discussion leader for various continuing education courses on A&A topics for the state societies. In 2015 and 2016, Tom received the Surgent Outstanding Discussion Leader Award because of his consistently high evaluations for knowledge and presentation skills. Tom graduated cum laude from Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, GA in 1980.