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Attest and compilation services, ch 6

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ARC 7682C

ACCOUNTANCY EXAMINING BOARD[193A]

Adopted and Filed

Rulemaking related to attest and compilation services

The Accountancy Examining Board hereby rescinds Chapter 6, "Attest and Compilation Services," Iowa Administrative Code, and adopts a new chapter with the same title.

Legal Authority for Rulemaking

This rulemaking is adopted under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 542.4.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rulemaking implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code chapter 542 and Executive Order 10 (January 10, 2023).

Purpose and Summary

These amendments implement changes recommended by Executive Order 10. Attest is an additional certification above the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) "standard" license. Chapter 6 covers the functionality of attest and the additional experience necessary to request the additional certification.

Public Comment and Changes to Rulemaking

Notice of Intended Action for this rulemaking was published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on January 10, 2024, as ARC 7389C. Public hearings were held on January 30, 2024, and January 31, 2024, at 12:30 p.m.at 6200 Park Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa. No one attended the public hearings. No public comments were received. No changes from the Notice have been made.

Adoption of Rulemaking

This rulemaking was adopted by the Board on February 15, 2024.

Fiscal Impact

This rulemaking has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa. No current fees are being changed, and no new fees are being imposed.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rulemaking, no impact on jobs has been found.

Waivers

Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rulemaking would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 481—Chapter 6.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rulemaking by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rulemaking at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

Effective Date

This rulemaking will become effective on April 10, 2024.

The following rulemaking action is adopted:

Item 1. Rescind 193A—Chapter 6 and adopt the following new chapter in lieu thereof:

CHAPTER 6

ATTEST AND COMPILATION SERVICES

193A—6.1(542) Who may perform attest services.

6.1(1) Only a CPA may perform audit, review, or other attest services as defined in Iowa Code section 542.3(1).

6.1(2) Only an actively licensed attest-certified Iowa CPA or an out-of-state licensee exercising a practice privilege under Iowa Code section 542.20 may perform attest services in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa. CPAs are cautioned, however, that a government body or a client may obligate that an individual be licensed in Iowa as a condition of performing attest services in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa, whether or not the individual may otherwise satisfy the conditions for a practice privilege. Iowa licensure as a certified public accountant is a precondition, for example, to perform certain audit services described in Iowa Code chapter 11.

6.1(3) CPAs performing attest services, whether the CPAs are certified in Iowa or exercising a practice privilege, may only do so in a CPA firm that holds a permit to practice pursuant to Iowa Code section 542.7 or in an out-of-state CPA firm exercising a practice privilege in compliance with Iowa Code section 542.20(5) and 542.20(6) and associated rules and the peer review and ownership provisions of Iowa Code section 542.7.

6.1(4) CPAs who are responsible for supervising attest services for a CPA firm or who sign or authorize someone to sign the accountant's report on behalf of a CPA firm are obligated to satisfy the experience or competency obligations established by nationally recognized professional standards that are applicable to the attest services performed.

193A—6.2(542) Necessary attest experience.

6.2(1) A CPA who is responsible for supervising attest services or who signs or authorizes someone to sign the accountant's report on behalf of a firm is obligated to have two years of full-time or part-time equivalent experience that extends over a period of no less than two years and includes no fewer than 4,000 hours, including at least 2,000 hours providing attest services under the supervision of one or more CPAs responsible for supervising attest services on behalf of a CPA firm that holds a permit to practice in Iowa or an equivalent form of CPA firm licensure in another jurisdiction.

6.2(2) Experience needs to include all of the following:

a. Experience in applying a variety of attest procedures and techniques to the usual and customary financial transactions recorded in accounting records.

b. Experience in the preparation of attest working papers covering the examination of the accounts usually found in accounting records.

c. Experience in the planning of the program of attest work, including the selection of the procedures to be followed.

d. Experience in the preparation of written explanations and comments on the findings of the examinations and on the content of the accounting records.

e. Experience in the preparation and analysis of reports and financial statements together with explanations and notes thereon.

6.2(3) Attest experience is verified by the applicant and by a CPA who supervised the applicant or, if a supervising CPA is unavailable, by a CPA or CPA firm with sufficient factual documentation to verify the applicant's attest qualification.

6.2(4) Any applicant or CPA who has been requested to submit to the board evidence of an applicant's attest experience and has refused to do so will, upon request by the board, explain in writing or in person the basis for the refusal. The board may obligate any applicant or CPA who furnished the evidence of an applicant's experience to substantiate the information provided. An applicant may be obligated to appear before the board to supplement or verify evidence of experience. The board may inspect documentation relating to an applicant's claimed experience.

193A—6.3(542) Attest qualification.

6.3(1) Attest qualification is necessary before a CPA may perform attest services in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa. "Attest qualification" or "attest qualified" means that the CPA has satisfied the experience obligations of rule 193A—6.2(542).

6.3(2) All CPAs who held an individual permit to practice in Iowa at any point prior to July 1, 2002, are deemed to be attest qualified. Under Iowa law prior to July 1, 2002, CPAs were only issued an individual permit to practice if they verified their qualification to perform attest services. Individual permits to practice were discontinued under Iowa law effective July 1, 2002.

6.3(3) CPAs who did not hold a permit to practice prior to July 1, 2002, may attain or establish attest qualification as follows:

a. Applicants may apply for attest qualification when initially applying for a certificate as an Iowa CPA under Iowa Code section 542.6 or when applying for reciprocal Iowa certification under Iowa Code section 542.19 or any other applicable law or rule.

b. Iowa CPA certificate holders may apply for attest qualification at any time at which they are qualified to do so.

c. Out-of-state CPAs performing attest services while exercising a practice privilege under Iowa Code section 542.20 do not have to individually apply to the board for attest qualification. However, if:

(1)CPAs perform attest services in an Iowa CPA firm, the Iowa CPA firm will affirm when applying for an initial or renewal firm permit to practice that the CPAs who supervise attest services for the firm or who sign or authorize someone to sign the accountant's report on behalf of the firm, as such attest services are or will in the following year be performed in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa, have been qualified to perform attest services in Iowa or another jurisdiction.

(2)CPAs perform attest services through an out-of-state CPA firm exercising a practice privilege, the out-of-state CPA firm will affirm upon request from the board that the CPAs who supervise attest services for the firm or who sign or authorize someone to sign the accountant's report on behalf of the firm, as such attest services are or will in the following year be performed in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa, have been qualified to perform attest services in Iowa or another jurisdiction.

193A—6.4(542) Compilation services.

6.4(1) Only a CPA licensed by the board under Iowa Code section 542.6 or 542.19 or any other applicable law or rule; an LPA licensed by the board under Iowa Code section 542.8 or any other applicable law or rule; or a person exercising a practice privilege under Iowa Code section 542.20 may issue a report in standard form upon a compilation of financial information or otherwise provide compilation services in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa.

6.4(2) An individual described in subrule 6.4(1) may perform compilation services through a CPA firm that holds a permit to practice under Iowa Code section 542.7, an LPA firm that holds a permit to practice under Iowa Code section 542.8, a CPA firm exercising a practice privilege under Iowa Code section 542.20, or, if both the individual and business comply with Iowa Code section 542.13(13), through any other form of business.

6.4(3) All individuals described in subrule 6.4(1) who are responsible for supervising compilation services or who will sign or authorize someone to sign the accountant's compilation report on financial statements, as such compilation services will be performed in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa, are obligated to comply with the nationally recognized professional standards that are applicable to compilation services, including SSARS.

6.4(4) All individuals described in subrule 6.4(1) will satisfy peer review obligations individually or through the peer review of a CPA or LPA firm holding a permit to practice pursuant to Iowa Code section 542.7 or 542.8 or a CPA firm exercising a practice privilege under Iowa Code section 542.20.

These rules are intended to implement Iowa Code chapter 542.

[Filed 2/15/24, effective 4/10/24]

[Published 3/6/24]

Editor's Note: For replacement pages for IAC, see IAC Supplement 3/6/24.

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