Attestation Update – A&A for CPAs

Technical stuff for CPAs providing attestation services

Increases in audit fees during 2018 for work on 2017 financials

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Average increases in fees for audits in 2018 for work on 2017 financial statements:

  • +2.5% – public companies
  • +3.2% – private companies
  • Flat – nonprofit organizations

Article says a different survey of 6,340 public companies reported a median increase of 5.7% for audits of 2017 financials.

For comparison, article says median increases in 2017 for work on 2016 financials were:

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December 19, 2018, 5:51 am at 5:51 am

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Standard mileage rates for 2019

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The IRS has published the 2019 standard mileage rates. New rate for transportation and reimbursements is 58 cents, which is up from 54.5 cents in 2018. That is an increase of 3.5 cents.

(Cross post from my other blog, Nonprofit Update.)

New rates from the IRS, along with some comments on the impact of TCJA legislation are found in Notice 2019-02: Read the rest of this entry »

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December 17, 2018, 7:47 am at 7:47 am

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More disciplinary actions from California Board of Accountancy

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The Update #87 newsletter from California Board of Accountancy for Summer/Fall 2018 lists 38 disciplinary actions, by my count.

You can read my previous posts on CBA actions by clicking on this tag.

Here is my tally of license revocations, surrendered licenses, and revocations with stay (there are no suspensions or stayed suspensions this time around):

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November 30, 2018, 7:52 am at 7:52 am

List of key players in KPMG fiasco over leaked PCAOB inspection lists

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Three accountants in this story entered the above building innocent and left as a felon. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

Sometimes you gotta’ have a scorecard to keep track of the players and the story. After a former partner pled guilty this week in the fiasco at KPMG over leaking of PCAOB inspection targets, I had to sort out again who was who.

So, I sketched out a list of the players and a bit of info about each.

Will update this list as the criminal cases move forward.

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October 31, 2018, 8:41 am at 8:41 am

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Been thinking the volume of accounting rules is growing a lot? It isn’t your imagination. Here’s a page count of GAAP.

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Is this how you’ve been feeling with all the changes in GAAP stacking up on your desk? Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

Just in case you had been wondering in your idle time how many pages long the Accounting Standards Codification would be in print form, I have the answer.

10,068 pages.

How thick is that if you stacked the five volumes on top of one another?

12.75 inches.

I’m working on a writing project for which it will be convenient to have a hard copy of the ASC, so I ordered a copy. Yipee! It arrived yesterday!

In case it seems like the volume of rules is growing faster than you can keep track, here is a seven-year comparison, looking at the physical size and volume count of the 2017 and 2010 editions:

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September 13, 2018, 6:32 am at 6:32 am

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How to get more of the messy details on disciplinary actions by the California Board of Accountancy

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A colleague asked me a question on how to find out more details on the disciplinary actions taken by the CBA. Let me give you the answer too.

To look up details, you can go to the newsletter mentioned. For Winter 2018 that would be here.

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August 8, 2018, 7:00 am at 7:00 am

Summary of disciplinary actions from California Board of Accountancy, Winter 2018

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What you will be doing if you ignore professional standards and then get caught messing up your audits and reviews, although the amount won’t be quite as large. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

The new Update newsletter from the California Board of Accountancy goes back to providing details on disciplinary actions. The Winter 2018 edition (#86) takes 20 pages to describe the 24 actions. The previous Update provided far less detail, which generated lots of feedback to the board, so the newsletter will again give the ugly details for the causes for discipline.

Update 11/30/18:  Thanks to CBA for listing the messy details on what CPAs are doing to earn their consequences.

Three things jump out at me from the current list of discipline.

First, every action comes with a substantial financial penalty in the form of reimbursing the CBA for their investigative costs.

Second, just about every CPA that got in trouble for audit or review problems was given a ban from performing attestation work until some time in the future when the firm requests and receives permission from CBA to again perform such work.

Third, several CPAs received a suspension from their CPA practice. This means the individual may not perform any actions which would otherwise require a license. I think that means the firm halts all their attestation work and unless also holding an enrolled agent credential ceases their tax compliance work.

Here is my summary of the causes of discipline for the license surrenders and the stayed revocations:

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August 6, 2018, 6:41 am at 6:41 am