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One sentence explanation of the difference between audits and reviews

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(cross posted from

I have discussed the differences between audits, reviews, and compilations here and here. Even developed a visual illustration here.  Ask any CPA and you can get a long explanation of the distinctions.

For something shorter, consult this article by Angus Loten in the Wall Street Journal, which said:

“An audit provides third-party assurance that a company’s financial statements are correctly prepared and based on verified business data, while a review shows the statements are at least internally consistent with data provided by management.”

That’s good.

Written by Jim Ulvog

January 14, 2011, 7:27 am at 7:27 am

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