Trump Tax Law Changes Tested on CPA Exam in 2019

02 Feb 2018

CPA Exam Changes


The AICPA has released a statement on the Trump Tax Law Changes and how they will be tested on the CPA Exam.

They will be tested in January 2019, which is a six-month delay.

Analysis: Typically, new tax law changes are testable beginning in July each year, but will the massive changes, coupled with the fact that the CPA Exam itself is getting a slight facelift in Q2 2018, it looks like the AICPA is looking to change one thing at time, which I think is a smart move (and I'm sure CPA Candidates will agree) 🙂

Full Statement from the AICPA:

New Tax Law Testing in 2019 (February 1, 2018) – The AICPA Board of Examiners (BOE) recently approved January 1, 2019 (19Q1) as the date on which content related to the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (Public Law No. 115-97 An act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018) will be eligible for testing on the Uniform CPA Examination (the Exam).

The Exam will continue to test candidates on the tax laws and regulations in effect before the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act through the 18Q4 test window ending on December 10, 2018. The Exam’s Authoritative Literature will continue to include (through December 10, 2018) the Internal Revenue Code as published before the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In accordance with existing policy, there will be a simultaneous introduction of content related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and removal of content related to the previous tax law.

No provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including those retroactive to periods before December 31, 2017, will be eligible for testing until January 1, 2019.

Link to AICPA

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