Do you find the AICPA client affiliate rules confusing?

I'm happy to announce that the Journal of Accountancy just published my article, "Untangling client affiliates."

In this article, you will find: 

  • key definitions, i.e. "affiliate" and "financial statement attest client"
  • examples of several types of affiliates
  • explanation of how independence rules impact client affiliates, when exceptions may apply, and the requirement to expend "best efforts"
  • scenarios that illustrate each exception to the client affiliate rule
  • advice on identifying and monitoring client affiliates