In some engagements CPAs should not only document the advice given, but also obtain the client’s written consent to the decisions made. This can be done with an “informed consent” letter that provides advice and obtains the client’s understanding and consent. Informed consent letters clarify that the CPA advises and informs, and the client decides. With this letter, it is difficult for claimants to make it appear that the CPA made the decisions.
The following alert has been modified as a result of some of the due dates being extended by the IRS and the U.S. Treasury on December 29, 2015, as follows:
Wealthy shipping magnate John Urich had established a trust to care for his disabled wife in the event of his death. Urich’s CPA, Greg Roberts, provided tax and investment advisory services to Urich, while the trust department of Commercial Fiduciary Bank provided trustee services.