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Cathy Allen, CPA helps CPA firms understand their ethical responsibilities so they can manage their risks more effectively and enhance the quality of their professional services. Specifically, she consults on independence, ethics and related quality controls and designs and delivers education and training. Cathy also provides litigation support and expert witness services.

Cathy was a Managing Director in the Independence Office of a Big 4 accounting firm and formerly served as staff to the AICPA Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC), where she was instrumental in developing standards and tools for the profession like the AICPA Plain English Guide to Independence and the Conceptual Framework for Independence.  She authors several AICPA ethics courses.  As a consultant, she helped lead the AICPA’s project to restructure the AICPA’s Code of Professional Conduct, which resulted in an online Code that was more user-friendly, understandable and accessible to members. 

Cathy started her career as an accountant and auditor and taught accounting as an adjunct instructor at Queens and Bernard M. Baruch Colleges of the City University of NY (CUNY). She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Accounting and Information Systems from Queens College (CUNY) and is a CPA in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland.

Cathy serves on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s (NASBA) Board of Directors as Northeast Regional Director and chairs the NASBA Ethics Committee.  She has been a member of the NYS Board for Public Accountancy since 2011, chairs its Ethics Committee, actively contributes to the AICPA PEEC's Information Technology and Cloud Services Task Force and is a sitting member of the Committee's Codification Task Force. This past year, she became a member of the Accountants Club of America's Board of Governors and the American Accounting Association. 


Contact Info

Office: (631) 849-2392
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Published Articles

The ABCs of Better Independence Compliance (Accounting Today, Feb 18)

Confidentiality in Tax Practice (Bloomberg/BNA Insights, Dec 17) 

How Data-Hosting Services Affect Independence (Journal of Accountancy, Print-Jan 18 Online-Sept 17) 

AICPA Raises the Ethical Bar (with Lisa Snyder --The CPA Journal, Mar 17)

Improving the Code of Professional Conduct (Journal of Accountancy, Jun 11)
Benefits of an Effective QC Systems in Accounting Firms (The CPA Journal, Jan 11)
Comparing the Ethics Codes: AICPA and IFAC (Journal of Accountancy, Oct 10)
AICPA Interpretation 101-3 Fundamentals (AccountingWeb, Aug 09)
A Global Standard for Professional Ethics (Journal of Accountancy, May 08)
Navigating the Crossroads of Control and Independence (Journal of Accountancy, Dec 07)
An Update for Audit Committees: New Rules on Auditor Provided Tax Service (Directors Monthly, May 07)
How Audit Committees Can Assess Auditor Independence (Directors Monthly, Dec 06)
Ethics Rules Get Tighter (Journal of Accountancy, Dec 06)
New AICPA Independence Rules Address Ethics Issues (Journal of Accountancy, Nov 01)