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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
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AICPA’s Small Business Marketing Toolkit offers resources to help you educate small business owners about your services and the ways CPAs act as a trusted adviser.
The profession is engaged in an active and important debate about the impact of existing and expected audit exemptions. There is limited air space to debate assurance as well. However, assurance provides a route to other services that clients will need in place of statutory audits. So why not make the time?
Peer review findings can translate into higher-quality audits.
Review Engagements: A Value-Adding Client Service
February 27, 2014 - IFAC
This article focuses on how a review engagement can be a cost effective service for clients and enable a practitioner to provide added value. It highlights the meaningful level of assurance provided through a review engagement and the benefits for all parties.
Andreas Noodt, member, IFAC Small and Medium Practices Committee, speaks at FEE & ICAEW Event about the SMP Committee's Guide to Review Engagements. The Guide, published in December 2013, aims to provide implementation support for practitioners in conducting review engagements in compliance with International Standard on Review Engagements (ISRE) 2400 (Revised).
These assurance options leaflets explain each option and provide some points to consider that are designed to help a business understand the reasons why each option might be useful.
Review Engagements for SMEs: Limited Assurance, Numerous Benefits
November 15, 2013 - IFAC
This article introduces review engagements in general, and also the International Standard on Review Engagements (ISRE) 2400 (Revised). It also explains when a review engagement may be appropriate and how they can benefit practitioners small- and medium-sized entity (SME) clients.