Stockholders, creditors, and private investors often need assurance that the financial statements accurately represent the true financial position of a company. Your stockholders, creditors, or private investors have different levels of risk tolerance, so we provide three levels of assurance to meet your needs.
Less extensive than an audit, but more involved than a compilation, a review engagement consists primarily of analytical procedures we apply to the financial statements, and various inquiries we make of your company's management team. If the financial statements or supporting information appear inconsistent or otherwise questionable, we may need to perform additional procedures.
A review doesn't require us to study and evaluate your company's internal controls or verify data with third parties or physically inspect assets. Rather, a review report expresses limited assurance in the form of the statement: "We are not aware of any material modifications" for the financial statements to be in conformity with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Reviewed financial statements must include all required footnotes and other disclosures.
Why might a business request a review engagement? It can be a good middle ground, providing the advantages of a CPA's technical expertise without the work and expense of an audit.
In compiling financial statements for a client, we present information that is the "representation of management" and expresses no opinion or assurance on the statements.
A compilation is the lowest level of service a CPA can use to work with financial statements. This approach involves gaining a general understanding of your business and bookkeeping system.
GWI will present your financial information in the accepted format of proper financial statements and express no assurance about the accuracy of the numbers presented. The report attached to the financial statement emphasizes that the service is a Compilation.
Each type of financial statement report may suit specific circumstances, depending on requirements from your client's bank or other parties, as well as meet budgetary needs.
Understanding each report's unique strengths and weaknesses can help you choose the most appropriate one.
Please call if you have questions about which type of report is right for you or simply, contact us to set up your free consultation.