Tax Ethics & Professional Standards 

CPA tax practitioners are subject to many different standards and ethics rules, including AICPA enforceable tax ethics, Circular 230, the Internal Revenue Code, state licensing boards and other regulatory agencies, professional associations, and various other laws and regulations. This page provides guidance and information on tax ethics and professional standards for tax practitioners, as well as practice aids and resources to help members elevate their practices and maintain the highest ethical standards.

Visit Professional Ethics for other ethics-related guidance and resources, or view the complete list of the standards and statements that the AICPA develops, issues, and enforces.

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Tax Ethics and Professional Standards Guidance 

Resource page providing an overview of guidance on tax ethics and professional standards.

Statements on Standards for Tax Services (SSTSs)

Overview and guidance page on the SSTSs that provides FAQs, a complete copy of the standards, and more.  

Due Diligence in Tax Services

Practice guide delivering guidance about what due diligence consists of in the context of tax services.

Checklist, Practice Guides, and Templates

Videos, Webcasts, and Other Media

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  • Tax Practice Quarterly: Annual Tax Ethics Update, Oct. 27: We'll discuss real-world ethical dilemmas that tax practitioners commonly encounter. Tax Section members can attend this event for free and earn two hours of CPE credit in the field of ethics.
  • Accountants Liability - Raise your Risk IQ (Tax Focus), Nov. 9: Join practitioners, the AICPA, and CNA, the endorsed underwriter for the AICPA Professional Liability Insurance Program, for a panel discussion about professional liability exposures arising from the delivery of tax and related services.



  • AICPA National Tax Conference: Nov. 14-15 (Washington, D.C.): Hear from prominent experts who have unparalleled insights about our ever-changing tax landscape. This conference is also available online.

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