SSARS Background & History10 mins
SSARS –Applying the Standards25 mins
AICPA Code of Professional Conduct47 mins
THE QUALITY CONTROL STANDARDS53 mins
ENGAGEMENTS PERFORMED IN ACCORDANCE WITH SSARS62 mins
Performing the Compilation Engagement76 mins
Performing the Review Engagement97 mins
Improving the Efficiency of Engagements Performed in Accordance with SSARS103 mins
SSARS 21 changed the landscape for CPAs associated with the unaudited financial statements of nonpublic entities. The accountant may no longer prepare a client’s financial statements or footnotes without affecting independence. In addition, there is as new alternative, the SSARS preparation engagement. Unfortunately, many accountants are not certain when they should perform a compilation, a preparation, or perform bookkeeping services. In addition, many CPAs are not aware of the ethical implications of preparing financial statements in anticipation of a compilation, review, or audit.
This course will provide an overview of SSARS, including recent amendments. It will differentiate between the compilation and the preparation, between the preparation and a bookkeeping engagement, and how to preserve independence when called for. Attendees will also receive practical suggestions to improve the efficiency of their SSARS engagements without reducing effectiveness or sacrificing quality.
Mark provides CPE and technical staff training for CPA firms, private industry, state CPA societies, and government organizations. His topics include accounting, SSARS, ethics, fraud, internal and external auditing, internal control development (COSO), entrepreneurship, and developing a business plan. Mark is in the process of initiating a new entity, The Internal Control Institute, which will be offering CPE and staff training related to internal controls, and in conjunction with professors from Claremont Graduate University, will be providing internal control consulting.
Mark is also an expert witness in the defense of CPAs in cases involving primarily ethics, fraud, and compliance with standards in the performance of professional services.
Mark also provides consulting services to CPA firms with an A & A practice that do not have an expert on GAAP or requirements of Professional Standards within the firm. He addresses such matters as conformity with GAAP, adequacy of disclosures, compliance with professional standards, risk assessment, development and performance of audit and review processes, engagement documentation, compilation and preparation engagements, ethics and independence requirements, assessing and enhancing internal controls for the firm and clients, preparation for peer review, and staff training and CPE. He also provides consulting services related to client management and marketing.
Mark’s public accounting experience includes working with Kenneth Leventhal & Company and more recently, he was a partner at NSBN, a Beverly Hills CPA and business consulting firm. Mark’s industry experience includes serving as assistant controller of a large trucking and warehousing firm along with controller and Vice President of Finance and Administration for major real estate development companies. Mark also spent nearly 30 years as an entrepreneur, operating a company that prepared individuals for the CPA exam nationwide.
Mark has been involved in accounting education at CSU Northridge, CSU San Bernardino, Loyola Marymount University and UCLA. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in accounting from CSU Northridge. He obtained his Executive MBA at the Peter Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, where he previously had been a student of Dr. Drucker’s. He also obtained an Internal Control Certificate from COSO. Until recently, he authored “Knowledge Based Preparation, Compilation, and Review Engagements” for CCH and updated their checklists for SSARS engagements. He also served as Senior Editor for Roger CPA Review.
Mark Currently provides CPE and technical staff training for CPA firms, private industry employers of accountants, and government organizations on topics that include accounting, compilation and review, fraud, internal and external auditing, developing internal controls, strategic planning, and practice management. He is also the Senior Editor for Roger CPA Review Course and authors CCH’s “Knowledge-Based Compilations and Reviews”.
Mark’s public accounting experience includes working with various local firms throughout high school and college, and employment with Kenneth Leventhal & Company. More recently, he was a partner at NSBN, a Beverly Hills CPA and business consulting firm, where he served as director of the audit practice and was responsible for recruiting, training, business development, quality control, and strategic planning for the firm. Mark’s industry experience includes serving as assistant controller of a large trucking and warehousing firm. He has been both a controller and the Vice President of Finance and Administration for major real estate development companies. Mark also spent nearly 30 years as an entrepreneur, operating a business that prepared individuals for the CPA exam.
Mark taught his first university accounting class in 1969 and has been involved in accounting education since, most recently a visiting lecturer at California State University at San Bernardino.
Mark obtained his bachelor’s degree in accounting from California State University at Northridge. He obtained his Executive MBA at the Peter Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, where he previously had been a student of Dr. Drucker’s.
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