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The AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee issued a revised illustrative representation letter for review engagements ( www.aicpa.org/members/div/auditstd/revision_of_appendix_f.htm ). The revisions clarify the dating of the letter, as well as certain terms it contains and the period it addresses. Additional material includes representations required by Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services no. 10, Performance of Review Engagements, concerning fraud and a representation addressing the client’s acceptance of any proposed adjusting journal entries.

The AICPA staff, helped by industry experts, released technical questions and answers on financial accounting and reporting issues related to Statement of Position (SOP) 03-1, Accounting and Reporting by Insurance Enterprises for Certain Nontraditional Long-Duration Contracts and for Separate Accounts. The guidance is available online ( www.aicpa.org/members/div/acctstd/general/recent_tpas.asp ) and in Technical Practice Aids, copies of which are available through the AICPA order department at 888-777-7077.

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Excel walk-through: Sparklines

Want to liven up your spreadsheets with some color and graphical elements? Kelly L. Williams, CPA, Ph.D., shows how to use Excel sparklines, which illustrate data trends and patterns via small charts that fit in a single Excel cell.