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Accounting firms offer a wide range of professional services to their clients, including audit, review, other assurance, and related services. These services are regulated, with many jurisdictions requiring compliance with international standards or national requirements that have been based on international ones. High-quality international standards increase the comparability, consistency, clarity, credibility, and transparency of financial information. And, high-quality financial information, in turn, increases the stability of the global financial infrastructure. Read More


Growing Your Practice: Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagements

by Dawn McGeachy, IFAC SMP Committee Member & Chair of the Implementation Guidance Task Force and Christopher Arnold, Technical Manager, SME & SMP Affairs, IFAC | October 28, 2014 | 1

Recognizing that agreed-upon procedures engagements have the potential to be an attractive and fast-growing service offering to SMEs, the IFAC SMP Committee is interested in how these engagements are being performed under ISRS 4400, Engagements to Perform Agreed-Upon Procedures Regarding Financial Information. Read More

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Why Review Engagements Might Be a Perfect Fit for Your Small Business Clients
by Phil Cowperthwaite, Member, IFAC SMP Committee | October 17, 2014 | 4

Review engagements provide a limited form of assurance on historical financial statements and may be a cost effective and value-adding alternative when an audit is not required.  Read More

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Quick and Accurate Data Extraction Enabled by New AICPA Standards
by Kristine Hasenstab, Director, PwC US, and a CPA in Georgia and Eric E. Cohen, XBRL Global Technical Leader, PwC US, and a CPA in New York | September 29, 2014 |

A new series of standards from the American Institute of CPAs for organizing general ledger and sub-ledger data may reduce the effort involved in finding, preparing, and sharing evidentiary data. Read More


Developing the IFAC SMP Committee Response: Proposed ISA Enhancements Focused on Financial Statement Disclosures
by Christopher Arnold, Technical Manager, SME & SMP Affairs, IFAC | August 25, 2014 | 3

The IFAC SMP Committee is seeking feedback on their preliminary views in response to the IAASB’s Exposure Draft, Addressing Disclosures in the Audit of Financial Statements, which is open for comment until September 11, 2014. Read More

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Working Our Way to Consensus: Internal Controls and the Audit of Smaller and Less-Complex Entities
by Katharine Bagshaw, Technical Manager, Auditing Standards, ICAEW | July 25, 2014 |

Firms can have very different approaches to the requirements of the International Standards on Auditing that address risk, in particular with regard to internal controls. But auditors of smaller and less-complex entities need to understand the design and implementation of internal controls—even when they take a fully substantive approach to the audit. Read More

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