Reporting on Financial Performance
Almost every organization — whether it’s a privately held business, a publicly owned corporation, or a nonprofit organization — must prepare reports on its financial performance. Such reports help owners and managers make operating decisions, enable creditors to evaluate loan applications, and provide individuals with information to make investment decisions. Sagoe & Associates, CPA prepares these reports for you, thoroughly and accurately.
The accounting profession recognizes that different entities have different accounting needs. Acknowledging these differences, the profession has developed standards that enable CPAs to offer a range of financial statement services. A CPA may provide a client with three distinct services involving financial statements. Each is designed to meet a different need.
Diversified Accounting Services
A compilation is useful to small, privately held entities that need help in preparing their financial statements. A review, on the other hand, may be adequate for entities that must report their financial positions to third parties, such as creditors or regulatory agencies. Reviewed financial statements may also be useful to business owners who are not actively involved in managing their companies.
An audit is the third and most extensive service. An audit is appropriate for entities that must offer a higher level of assurance to outside parties. An unqualified opinion from a CPA after an audit provides reasonable assurance to outside parties that the entity’s financial statements fairly present its financial position and results of operation in accordance with certain accounting principles.
Preparing financial statements of private entities based on information provided by the entity’s management.
Through compilation services, a CPA prepares monthly, quarterly, or annual financial statements. However, he or she offers no assurance as to whether material, or significant, changes are necessary for the statements to be in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles, the cash basis, or the income tax basis of accounting. During a compilation, the data is simply arranged into conventional financial statement form. No probing is conducted beneath the surface unless the CPA becomes aware that the data provided is in error or is incomplete.
However, before agreeing to perform a compilation, a CPA will take a “common sense” look at the entity to decide whether the client needs other accounting services, such as help in adjusting the accounting records.
Sagoe & Associates, CPA can help with all your compilations and reviews records. Contact us today for a free consultation regarding these services.