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.
The BOE considered several factors in making its January 2019 testing eligibility decision, including the:
- preparation of tax returns under the previous law, which will continue at least until October 2018
- potential for additional tax-related regulations and technical corrections in 2018
- required development of educational and test preparatory materials
- desire for educators and professionals to fully understand the new law