Compilation and review

A bright line in SSARSs

New standards for accounting and review services include significant changes for accountants in public practice who prepare financial statements for clients. Find out more about the changes contained in newly issued Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) No. 21.

How SSARS No. 21 became a standard

It took years of deliberation and professionwide collaboration to produce Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) No. 21. Here’s how the AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee (ARSC) developed the standard, which was issued Oct. 23: Initial exposure draft On June 29, 2012, ARSC initially exposed for

Standards revised for reviews, compilations, engagements to prepare financial statements

Clarified and revised standards for compilations and engagements to prepare financial statements released Thursday create a bright line between accounting (preparation) and reporting (compilation) services. The AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee (ARSC) released Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) No. 21, which contains significant changes for

When does Section 70 of SSARS No. 21 apply?

Section 70, Preparation of Financial Statements, of Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services No. 21, Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services: Clarification and Recodification, applies when an accountant in public practice is engaged to prepare financial statements. The following table provides examples of services that the

A makeover for compilations

Three proposed standards were exposed for public comment by the AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee (ARSC) on Oct. 23.

ARSC proposes framework for compilation and review engagements

A new proposal by the AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee (ARSC) will provide a framework for performing and reporting on compilation and review engagements. The proposal, resulting from ARSC’s clarity project, also sets forth the meaning of certain terms used in Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services

Significant changes to compilation included in 3 proposed standards

From Staff Reports Three standards proposed by the AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee (ARSC) as part of its clarity project include a proposal that would significantly change compilation literature. An exposure draft (ED) invites public comment on the proposals. The ED includes: A proposed, revised compilation standard that would

ARSC to propose new preparation, compilation, association standards

From Staff Reports Three new standards the AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee (ARSC) voted Thursday to propose would help practitioners clearly distinguish between preparation and reporting services. ARSC voted to expose for public comment proposals titled Preparation of Financial Statements, Compilation Engagements, and Association With Financial Statements. An exposure

U.K. regulator considering mandatory audit firm rotation

A much awaited summary of provisional findings of the U.K. Competition Commission (CC) stated that companies are reluctant to change auditors because they have difficulty comparing alternatives with their existing auditor, prefer continuity, and face significant costs in switching auditors. In addition, the provisional findings, released Friday, stated that instead

AICPA committee withdraws compilation, association ED

The AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee (ARSC) has voted to withdraw its compilation and association exposure draft in response to comment letters from stakeholders. The compilation proposal would have revised the applicability of the compilation standard but would have retained the compilation service as an attest service. The association

ARSC seeks comment on SSARS proposals

The AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee (ARSC) has exposed for public comment proposed Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) as part of its clarity project. ARSC has separated the proposals in an attempt to make the clarified standards easier to use, understand, and implement. The proposed

Ethics / Compilation & review

Two AICPA committees extended comment deadlines to Nov. 30 on recently proposed revisions to professional standards. The proposed change to the ethics rules would require CPAs who prepare financial statements for attest clients to apply the general requirements of Interpretation No. 101-3, Nonattest Services, to maintain their independence. Proposed changes

Comment deadlines extended on proposed professional standard revisions

Two AICPA committees are extending comment deadlines to Nov. 30 on recently proposed revisions to professional standards. The proposed change to the ethics rules would require CPAs who prepare financial statements for attest clients to apply the general requirements of Interpretation No. 101-3, Nonattest Services, to maintain their independence. The

Proposed revisions clarify responsibilities for preparers

In accordance with recently proposed revisions to professional standards, CPAs who prepare financial statements for clients would consider that a nonattest bookkeeping service and would no longer be required to perform a compilation service with respect to those financial statements unless engaged to do so. The changes, proposed in June

Auditing / Compilation and review

The AICPA issued technical guidance on emphasis paragraphs in the auditor’s reports and on independence impairment in compilation reports. Technical Inquiry and Reply (TPA) 9160.28 regards combining going-concern emphasis with another emphasis-of-matter paragraph. This TPA explains that although AU Section 508, Reports on Audited Financial Statements (AICPA, Professional Standards), does

TPAs provide guidance on issues in auditor’s reports, compilation reports

The AICPA has issued technical guidance on emphasis paragraphs in the auditor’s reports and on independence impairment in compilation reports. Technical Inquiry and Reply (TPA) 9160.28 regards combining going-concern emphasis with another emphasis-of-matter paragraph. This TPA explains that although AU Section 508, Reports on Audited Financial Statements (AICPA, Professional Standards),

PCAOB Round Table to Address Auditor’s Reporting Model

The PCAOB said it will host a public round table on Thursday, Sept. 15, to discuss its concept release on possible changes to the auditor’s reporting model. The board issued a discussion paper for the meeting. The board said in a press release that the purpose of the meeting is

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