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New Proposed Audit Data Standard Offers Efficiency, Uniformity

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) has proposed new standards for collecting and submitting audit data. The goal is to make audits more efficient and more effective by proposing standardized formats for commonly requested audit data and for the most frequently used files for audits. The Emerging Assurance Technology Task Force arm of the AICPA’s Assurance Services Executive Committee (“ASEC”) published an exposure draft of their recommendations on August 8, 2017. The draft, titled Audit Data Standard – Fixed Asset Subledger Standard (“Exposure Draft”), is open to comments through November 6, 2017. Should the proposed information and standards in. Read More.

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AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee Meeting

From Tuesday to Thursday this week, the Accounting and Review Service Committee (“ARSC”) of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) met in Boston, MA. Some of the agenda topics that were expected to be covered included: Proposed Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE), Selected Procedures; Draft proposed SSARS, Omnibus Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services 2018 International Standard on Review Engagements (ISRE) 2400 (Revised), Engagements to Review Historical Financial Statements (ISRE 2400 (Revised)), including comparison of ISRE 2400 (Revised) to AR-C Section 90, Review of Financial Statements; and Consideration of Inconsistency in AT-C Section 210.. Read More.

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AICPA Publishes Sustainability Information Attestation Guide

Providing accountants guidance on assurance regarding sustainability reporting, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) has published Attestation Engagements on Sustainability Information — Including Greenhouse Gas Emissions Information. Susan Coffey, the organization’s executive vice president for public practice, said the attestation guide will cover areas aside from reporting on greenhouse gases and encourage consistency in assurance throughout sustainability engagement. The guide offers illustrative examination and review procedures to help accountants differentiate between the procedures. In addition, it features illustrative representation letters and accountants’ reports. The new guidance also addresses certain matters outside of the clarified attestation standards and offers. Read More.

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Exposure Draft Issued on SOC 2 Description Criteria

As a result of its decision to publish a standalone document describing a service organization’s system, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) recently issued the exposure draft, Proposed Revision of Description Criteria for a Description of a Service Organization’s System in a SOC 2(R) Report. The proposed revision of the SOC 2 description criteria will be separate from the AICPA Guide, Reporting on an Examination of Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, or Privacy (SOC 2®), and codified in AICPA Professional Standards as measurement criteria. Also, additions to future Guide revisions will. Read More.

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Audit Standard Issued for Exempt Securities Offerings

Earlier this week, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Auditing Standards Board published a new standard for auditor reports that supplement securities offerings not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The new standard, Statement on Auditing Standards No. 133, Auditor Involvement With Exempt Offering Documents, will be effective for audit reports used with offerings sold on or after June 15, 2018. Municipal bonds, securities issued by nonprofits or religious organizations, crowdfunded offerings, securities issued in accordance with Regulation A, and franchise offerings qualify as securities offerings.

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AICPA Publishes New Technical Questions and Answers

The following Technical Questions and Answers guidance was issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) under Section 9160, Other Reporting Issues: Section 9160.31, Following Accounting Standards as Promulgated by FASB by a State or Local Governmental Entity. Section 9160.31 covers how an auditor should decide whether a government entity is following the applicable accounting standards. Section 9160.32, Reporting on Accounting Standards as Promulgated by FASB by a State or Local Government. Section 9160.32 offers guidance on how an auditor should report on a government entity’s financial statements, when the entity prepares its financial statements under the Financial. Read More.

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