In business, we often need the assistance of outside stakeholders to help us keep what we earn. Whether those giving assistance are stockholders, creditors or private investors, they need assurance that the company’s financial statements accurately represent its true fiscal position.
To provide that assurance, we offer an array of financial statement and review services. Our services are tailored to meet your needs and the needs of your stakeholders, whether it’s simple compiled financial statements or a full set of audited financial statements.
Cook Martin Poulson works around our schedule and deadlines, puts our needs before their own, and is willing to bend over backwards for us to make it all work out.
Whenever possible, they assign the same people to our audit each year. This saves me time and energy, because I don’t have to bring someone up to speed on the workings of our company year after year after year. I’ve found this to be invaluable.
Their knowledge & expertise, general demeanor, and willingness to put our needs and schedules above their own make our annual audit a pleasure, rather than a chore.
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Here are some of the specific services we provide:
Basic Financial Statement Preparation
No formal report is issued on the financial statements. This type of financial statement service is typically performed in conjunction with bookkeeping or transaction processing services and is similar to what an in-house accountant would provide to management. Financial statements are typically for management’s use but may fulfill some lenders’ documentation requirements for small loans.
We currently perform audits for the following types of entities:
- Privately-held businesses
- Nonprofit organizations
- 401(k) profit sharing and defined benefit plans (ERISA audits
- Captive Insurance
Compiled Financial Statements
No assurance is provided in the accountant’s report as to whether the financial statements are presented in accordance with the accounting framework used (commonly Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or income tax basis of accounting), however, known departures from the accounting framework require a modification to the accountant’s report. Accountants are required to obtain knowledge of the accounting principles and practices of the client’s industry and a general understanding of the client’s business. Note disclosures to the financial statements may be omitted and the accountant does not have to be independent of the client, but a lack of independence must be disclosed in the accountant’s report. An engagement letter must be signed by the client as a written communication of the services to be performed.
A compilation would typically be appropriate when lenders and other outside parties may appreciate the business associating with a CPA without requiring a level of assurance, and when initial or lower amounts of financing or credit are sought, or significant collateral is in place.
Reviewed Financial Statements
Limited assurance is provided in the accountant’s report as to whether the financial statements are presented in accordance with the accounting framework used and known departures from the accounting framework require a modification to the accountant’s report. Accountants are required to obtain the same knowledge of the client’s industry and business as in a compilation but are also required to obtain an increased understanding of the client’s business. Performance of inquiries and analytical procedures is required as well as additional procedures if questions arise in performing the review. Note disclosures to the financial statements are required and accountants must be independent of the client. An engagement letter and management representation letter must be signed by the client.
A review would typically be appropriate when lenders and other outside parties would like a basic level of assurance, and as a business grows and is seeking larger and more complex levels of financing and credit.
Audited Financial Statements
An auditor’s opinion is provided stating that the financial statements are fairly presented in accordance with the accounting framework used and inadequate disclosure and/or departures from the accounting framework require a modification of the auditor’s opinion. The auditor must obtain an extensive knowledge of the economy, relevant industry, and the client’s business. Inquiry, analytical procedures, obtaining an understanding of internal control, risk assessment, and other audit procedures are required. Accountants must be independent to perform an audit of financial statements. An engagement letter and management representation letter must be signed by the client.
An audit would typically be appropriate when lenders and other outside parties request a high level of comfort on the accuracy of the financial statements, when businesses are seeking high levels of funding or outside investors, or when selling a business.