Idaho Admin. Code r. 18.07.04.014 - QUALIFICATIONS OF INDEPENDENT CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT

Current through August 30, 2021

01. In Good Standing. The Director will not recognize any person or firm as a qualified independent certified public accountant that is not in good standing with the AICPA in all states in which the accountant is licensed to practice, or, for a Canadian or British company, that is not a chartered accountant; or has either directly or indirectly entered into an agreement of indemnity or release from liability ("indemnification") with respect to the insurer's audit. (7-1-21)T
02. Conformance with Ethical and Professional Standards. Except as otherwise provided in this rule, the Director will recognize an independent certified public accountant as qualified if the accountant conforms to the standards contained in the Code of Professional Ethics of the AICPA and Rules and Regulations and Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct of the Idaho Board of Public Accountancy, or similar code. (7-1-21)T
03. Resolution of Disputes and Delinquency Proceedings. A qualified independent certified public accountant may enter into an agreement with an insurer to have audit-related disputes resolved by mediation or arbitration. In the event of a delinquency proceeding commenced against the insurer under Title 41, Chapter 33, the mediation or arbitration provisions operates at the option of the statutory successor. (7-1-21)T
04. Capacity to Render Report for Consecutive Years. The lead (or coordinating) audit partner (primarily responsible for the audit) cannot act in the capacity for more than five (5) consecutive years. The person will be disqualified from acting in that or a similar capacity for the same company or its insurance subsidiaries or affiliates for a period of five (5) consecutive years. An insurer may make application to the Director for relief from the above requirement due to unusual circumstances. Application should be made at least thirty (30) days before the end of the calendar year. The Director may consider the following factors in determining if the relief should be granted: (7-1-21)T
a. Number of partners, expertise of the partners or the number of insurance clients in the currently registered firm; (7-1-21)T
b. Premium volume; or (7-1-21)T
c. Number of jurisdictions in which the insurer transacts business. (7-1-21)T
05. Relief from Limitation on Consecutive Appointment of Lead Partner. The insurer will file, with its annual statement filing, the approval for relief from Subsection 014.04 of this rule, with the states that it is licensed in or doing business in and the NAIC. If the nondomestic state accepts electronic filing with the NAIC, the insurer will file the approval in an electronic format acceptable to the NAIC. (7-1-21)T
06. Grounds for Not Recognizing as Qualified. The Director will neither recognize as a qualified independent certified public accountant, nor accept any annual Audited financial report, prepared in whole or in part by, any natural person who: (7-1-21)T
a. Has been convicted of fraud, bribery, a violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, 18 U.S.C. Sections 1961 to 1968, or any dishonest conduct or practices under federal or state law; (7-1-21)T
b. Has been found to have violated the insurance laws of this state with respect to any previous reports submitted under this rule; or (7-1-21)T
c. Has demonstrated a pattern or practice of failing to detect or disclose material information in previous reports filed under the provisions of this rule. (7-1-21)T
07. Hearings. The Director of insurance may, as provided in Chapter 52, Title 67 and Chapter 2, Title 41, Idaho Code and IDAPA 04.11.01, hold a hearing to determine whether an independent certified public accountant is qualified and, considering the evidence presented, may rule that the accountant is not qualified for purposes of expressing his opinion on the financial statements in the annual Audited financial report made pursuant to this rule and require the insurer to replace the accountant with another whose relationship with the insurer is qualified within the meaning of this rule. (7-1-21)T
08. Banned Services. The Director will not recognize as a qualified independent certified public accountant, nor accept an annual audited financial report, prepared in whole or in part by an accountant who provides to an insurer, contemporaneously with the audit, the following non-audit services: (7-1-21)T
a. Bookkeeping or other services related to the accounting records or financial statements of the insurer; (7-1-21)T
b. Financial information systems design and implementation; (7-1-21)T
c. Appraisal or valuation services, fairness opinions, or contribution-in-kind reports. (7-1-21)T
d. Actuarially-oriented advisory services involving the determination of amounts recorded in the financial statements. The accountant may assist an insurer in understanding the methods, assumptions and inputs used in the determination of amounts recorded in the financial statement only if it is reasonable to conclude that the services provided will not be subject to audit procedures during an audit of the insurer's financial statements. An accountant's actuary may also issue an actuarial opinion or certification ("opinion") on an insurer's reserves if the following conditions have been met: (7-1-21)T
i. Neither the accountant nor the accountant's actuary has performed any management functions or made any management decisions; (7-1-21)T
ii. The insurer has competent personnel (or engages a third party actuary) to estimate the reserves for which management takes responsibility; and (7-1-21)T
iii. The accountant's actuary tests the reasonableness of the reserves after the insurer's management has determined the amount of the reserves; (7-1-21)T
e. Internal audit outsourcing services; (7-1-21)T
f. Management functions or human resources; (7-1-21)T
g. Broker or dealer, investment adviser, or investment banking services; (7-1-21)T
h. Legal services or expert services unrelated to the audit; or (7-1-21)T
i. Any other services that the Director determines, by rule, are impermissible. (7-1-21)T
09. Principles of Independence. In general, the principles of independence with respect to services provided by the qualified independent certified public accountant are largely predicated on three (3) basic principles, violations of which would impair the accountant's independence. The principles are that the accountant: (7-1-21)T
a. Cannot function in the role of management; (7-1-21)T
b. Cannot audit his own work; and (7-1-21)T
c. Cannot serve in an advocacy role for the insurer. (7-1-21)T
10. Exemption from Banned Services. Insurers having direct written and assumed premiums of less than one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) in any calendar year may request an exemption from Subsection 014.08 of this rule. The insurer will file with the Director a written statement discussing the reasons why the insurer should be exempt from these provisions. If the Director finds, upon review of this statement, that compliance with this regulation would constitute a financial or organizational hardship upon the insurer, an exemption may be granted. (7-1-21)T
11. Permitted Non-Audit Services. A qualified independent certified public accountant who performs the audit may engage in other non-audit services, including tax services, that are not described in Subsection 014.08 of this rule, or that do not conflict with Subsection 014.09 of this rule, only if the activity is approved in advance by the Audit committee, in accordance with Subsection 014.12 of this rule. (7-1-21)T
12. Preapproval Requisite by Audit Committee. All auditing services and non-audit services provided to an insurer by the qualified independent certified public accountant of the insurer will be preapproved by the Audit committee. The preapproval requirement is waived with respect to non-audit services if the insurer is a SOX Compliant Entity or a direct or indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of a SOX Compliant Entity; or (7-1-21)T
a. The aggregate amount of all such non-audit services provided to the insurer constitutes not more than five percent (5%) of the total amount of fees paid by the insurer to its qualified independent certified public accountant during the fiscal year in which the non-audit services are provided; (7-1-21)T
b. The services were not recognized by the insurer at the time of the engagement to be non-audit services; and (7-1-21)T
c. The services are promptly brought to the attention of the Audit committee and approved prior to the completion of the audit by the Audit committee or by one (1) or more members of the Audit committee who are the members of the board of directors to whom authority to grant such approvals has been delegated by the Audit committee. (7-1-21)T
13. Delegation by Audit Committee. The Audit committee may delegate to one (1) or more designated members of the Audit committee the authority to grant the preapprovals prescribed by Subsection 014.12 of this rule. The decisions of any member to whom this authority is delegated will be presented to the full Audit committee at each of its scheduled meetings. (7-1-21)T
14. Prior Employment Banned. The Director will not recognize an independent certified public accountant as qualified for a particular insurer if a member of the board, president, chief executive officer, controller, chief financial officer, chief accounting officer, or any person serving in an equivalent position for that insurer, was employed by the independent certified public accountant and participated in the audit of that insurer during the one (1) year period preceding the date that the most current statutory opinion is due. Subsection 014.14 of this rule, will only apply to partners and senior managers involved in the audit. (7-1-21)T
a. An insurer may make application to the Director for relief from Subsection 014.14 of this rule, on the basis of unusual circumstances. (7-1-21)T
b. The insurer will file, with its annual statement filing, the approval for relief from Subsection 014.14 of this rule, with the states that it is licensed in or doing business in and the NAIC. If the nondomestic state accepts electronic filing with the NAIC, the insurer will file the approval in an electronic format acceptable to the NAIC. (7-1-21)T

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