New consulting standards define MAS Division role.

Position:Management Advisory Services Div.

In a recent Journal interview, Monroe S. Kuttner, director of the AICPA management advisory services division, emphasized that the division gears its activities largely to small and local firms. He said, "Unfortunately, many AICPA members seem to think the membership division for MAS is for practitioners from big firms. Well, it's not. Over 85% of our members come from local firms, and another 10% come from industry. Only 5% come from large firms, and most of those members do small business consulting."

Kuttner also strongly endorsed the new consulting services standards approved by the AICPA MAS executive committee. "Once and for all," Kuttner said, "they will define what we mean by consulting services." He added, "MAS used to be a term that CPAs interpreted for themselves." He also pointed out that a movement is under way to change the name of the MAS division to the consulting services division in order to identify it more closely with the new standards on consulting services.

Members of the MAS division receive several valuable services for the $70 annual dues. For example, they receive copies of every new practice aid and special report as it is issued by the division. The division has issued 37 such publications, and another 30 are currently in various stages of completion.


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