Price cut on print books

February 4, 2015, 8:27 am

I’ve dropped the prices for the print copies of my books available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes store.

Here is what you can find on-line:


 Tragedy of Fraud – Insider Trading Edition

Story of Scott London’s fall from regional audit partner at KPMG to prison inmate because of his insider trading.

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SSARS 21 updates the compilation and review standards previously explained in SSARS 19

November 6, 2014, 8:03 am

The body of SSARS literature has been updated and clarified. The new document, SSARS #21, was released on October 23, 2014.

It will be effective for financial statements after December 15, 2015. That means it will usually be required for 12/31/15 financials. We will all have to move away from SSARS 19 for our work in 2016. (Unless you choose to apply SSARS 19 for clients with years ending before 12/31/15.)

Since starting this blog, all discussion of compilations and reviews have been posted on my other blog, Attestation Update.

You can find all my discussion of the new standard at the other site.

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“Audit. Review. Compilation. What’s the difference?” – New book now available.

January 17, 2014, 1:18 pm

Audit. Review. Compilation. What’s the difference? – Illustrations using a football game, buying a used car, and filling a bucket.


What’s the difference between getting an audit, review, or compilation from your CPA firm? This short, 29 page book will help you understand.

Three illustrations help explain the differences:

  • A football game – How does advancing to the 10-yard line compare to an audit? What would a review look like in a football game?
  • Buying a used car – How does taking the car for a test drive compare to a review?
  • Filling a bucket – How filling it up with water to three different levels illustrates the differences between three levels of service.

This is a compilation of articles at my blog, Nonprofit Update.

The book is now available at Amazon.

Now available here in other formats:

  • ePub format for your iDevices
  • PDF or text
  • Mobi for your Kindle device

Soon to be available at Barnes and Noble.

Level of Services Provided by a CPA – The Differences Between Compilations, Reviews, and Audits

January 29, 2013, 9:42 am

There are three different levels of services you could obtain from a certified public accountant.  These are referred to as compilation, review, and audit.

Financial statements are presented on the basis of some set of accounting rules. This is referred to as the financial reporting framework.

The vast majority of the time, this would be a large body of knowledge that is called generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. Imperfect in implementation though it may be, the concept is that similar transactions will be recorded by all organizations in the same way. In addition, financial statements of similar organizations will actually look similar.

If there is some unique reason to do so, the financial statements could be presented on another basis of accounting.


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Evaluating a used car as an illustration of the differences between compilation, review, and audit

May 10, 2012, 6:47 am

You could figure out how good a car is by looking at it from across the street. 

Or you could look inside & drive it around the block. 

Or you could take the car to your mechanic for a couple of hours to get it really checked out .

We can use that as an analogy of the differences between a compilation, a review, and an audit.

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Sample compilation and review reports under SSARS 19 for NPOs

March 25, 2012, 5:34 pm

Update – SSARS 19 had been replaced by SSARS 21. All the reports have been revised. You can check out these posts at my other blog, Attestation Update:

Here is a list of the sample reports under SSARS available on my blogs. The samples are available on this blog as well as my other blog, Attestation Update. (These links go to the other blog.)