Understanding audit risk assessment procedures

Risk assessment is the foundation of an audit. For auditors, it is how we come to understand your company and plan our audit procedures to provide the most reliable information for you and the users of your financial statements. What is risk assessment? I will help you understand what is involved and make the audit …

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Is an agreed-upon procedures engagement right for you?

Recently, we covered the differences between audits, reviews and compilations. Those aren’t the only types of engagements our audit and accounting group performs. We provide various agreed-upon procedures and consulting engagements for several clients. Not only can these be a better fit to clients in certain situations, they can be less costly as well. Agreed-upon …

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Avoid getting caught in the cyber web

While technology continues to revolutionize business industries, its ever-changing nature constantly poses new risks that we must actively protect our businesses against. According to the Better Business Bureau’s Scams and Your Small Business Research Report, the sum of losses for small businesses due to cyberattacks amounts to approximately $7 billion per year (2018). These attackers …

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What can SOX do for nonpublic companies?

When you think about the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 – SOX – Section 404 what comes to mind? Large scale fraud that caused the act? Increased government regulation around financial reporting? Requirement of controls and the disclosure of the assessment of internal controls? One of the last words that might come to mind is efficiency. …

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Accounting careers: what do auditors do?

There are a lot of misconceptions about Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). Most people associate CPAs with taxes, crunching numbers, cubicle isolation and monotonous tasks, among other things. However, quite the opposite is true. CPAs have a wide range of career paths, can hold a variety of positions throughout all types of organizations, work in all …

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Benford’s Law and the mysteries beneath the numbers

Accounting is centered on numbers. Every day accounting journal entries full of numbers are recorded, accumulating as each day passes. By year-end, the general ledger will contain hundreds of thousands of entries, if not millions. As we roll up our sleeves to perform the year-end close, we are tasked with making sense of it all …

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More than just taxes – what do accountants do?

Upon telling someone that I’m an accountant, the most common response I’ve received is, “Oh, so you do taxes?” I then explain that the only taxes I prepare are my own. There are several different areas of accounting and types of accountants, both internal and external. First, there are several types of internal accountants. An …

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Uniform guidance: time and effort reporting

Many questions have arisen regarding the Uniform Guidance on the reporting of personnel expenses and the need to record hours worked across multiple grants and responsibilities. The Standards for Documentation of Personnel Expenses can be found under section §200.430(i). In reading the uniform guidance, we noted three things: Paragraph (i)(1)(i) states first and foremost that …

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New revenue recognition standard, time to get ready

Accounting standards are constantly evolving, with new ones issued from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) every year. Many times, they have no impact to most private companies. However, the FASB’s new revenue recognition standard is expected to have one of the most far-reaching impacts seen in quite some time. Even if it doesn’t change …

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AZ Prop 206 and accounting for unused vacation, sick pay

In November 2016, Prop 206, the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act was approved. The Act established a new state minimum wage effective January 1, 2017 and entitled employees to accrued earned paid sick time beginning July 1, 2017. This newly required accrued sick time may have an impact on your year-end accruals. A few …

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