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efficient way to issue financial statements
Feb 16

The Most Efficient Way to Issue Financial Statements

By Charles Hall | Preparation, Compilation & Review

What is the most efficient way to issue financial statements?

Tax basis financial statements without disclosure, using the Preparation of Financial Statements option (Section 70 of SSARS 21).

efficient way to issue financial statements

This answer assumes you are preparing financial statements in conjunction with a tax return and that those financial statements are issued separately—apart from the tax return—to your client.

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Bookkeeping or Preparation of Financial Statements
Jan 09

Bookkeeping or Preparation of Financial Statements: Being Clear About the Intended Service

By Charles Hall | Preparation, Compilation & Review

Many accountants have asked, “When am I subject to SSARS 21?” This question often arises when a CPA provides bookkeeping services using a cloud-based accounting package such as Quickbooks. Bookkeeping or preparation of financial statements–which is it? Why the confusion? Well, once the bookkeeping is complete, the CPA or the client can print the financial statements–and we know that SSARS 21 is triggered when we are engaged to prepare financial statements.

Bookkeeping or Preparation of Financial Statements

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Bookkeeping or Preparation of Financial Statements

Suppose you enter the client’s monthly transactions in QuickBooks, and you reconcile the bank statements. Now you or the client can print the financial statements. Have you unintentionally wandered into a requirement to follow SSARS 21? Let me answer this question with another question.

Has your client engaged you to prepare financial statements? If yes, then SSARS 21 is in play. If not, then compliance is not required. The AICPA says, “the accountant has only been engaged to prepare financial statements when the client has ‘hired’ the accountant to do so.”

Using QuickBooks to provide bookkeeping services does not–necessarily–mean you have been engaged to prepare financial statements. But how can you be clear? When in doubt spell it out–in an engagement letter. Use an engagement letter for all client services–even nonattest work such as bookkeeping. When you provide bookkeeping services, and the customer has not “hired” you to prepare financial statements, make it clear that you are not engaged to provide financial statements. The AICPA’s 2016/17 Audit Risk Alert–regarding Preparation services–advises that you might include this sentence when you are not engaged to prepare financial statements: This engagement does not contemplate us preparing financial statements.

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For more a fuller explanation regarding whether the use of QuickBooks triggers SSARS 21, click here.

Feb 15

Episode 7 – A Comparison of Preparation and Compilation Engagements under SSARS 21

By Charles Hall | Preparation, Compilation & Review

You’ve been wondering how the Preparation of Financial Statements option in SSARS 21 compares with the Compilation Engagement option in the same standard. Maybe you’ve also been wondering, “Which is the best to use?” Here’s a brief summary of how the two standards compare as well as information about how to choose between the two.

Jan 27

Episode 4 – Questions and Answers for the New SSARS 21 Preparation of Financial Statements Standard

By Charles Hall | Accounting and Auditing , Preparation, Compilation & Review

CPAs have had many questions about the use of AR-70, Preparation of Financial Statements. Those questions include:

When is the standard applicable?

What work papers must I retain?

Is an engagement letter required?

What should the preparation report look like?

Should I include a disclaimer page?

How do I communicate departures from the applicable basis of accounting?

Can I add supplementary information?

Can AR-C 70 be used in reference to prescribed forms?

Today we answer your most pressing questions about using the SSARS 21 preparation standard.

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