January Tip of the Month – Documenting Advice and Decisions

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.

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