January 2021 Update

January 30, 2021 / Monthly Newsletter

Greetings,

New year, new standards and new baby. What a great start to the year. My son and daughter-in-law just had a little baby girl so I am now a grandma and I can’t be more excited. The excitement of new standards pale in comparison but we can’t lose sight of these many upcoming changes. Read on…  


New Quality Management Standards Approved

At their meeting on January 21, 2021, the AASB approved the new Quality Management standards consisting of CSQM1, CSQM 2 and CAS 220. The final standards will be published in a Handbook update in May 2021. The standards will be effective as follows:

    • Systems of quality management for audits or reviews of financial statements or other assurance engagements are required to be designed and implemented by December 15, 2022, and the evaluation of the system of quality management is required to be performed within one year following December 15, 2022.
    • Systems of quality management for related services engagements are required to be designed and implemented by December 15, 2023, and the evaluation of the system of quality management is required to be performed within one year following December 15, 2023.

These new Quality Management standards were approved by the IAASB in September 2020. Rest assured I will be providing updates and links to guidance on these standards as they are made available. In the meantime, a video from the Chair of the ISQM Task Force provides a clear and concise overview of the new requirements. Very worth the half hour of your time. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE  


Assurance and Accounting Upcoming Changes – Summary

With all of the upcoming assurance and accounting changes, I thought it worthwhile to summarize these for you so you have all in one place. I created a simple document that you can print and keep handy. The key thing to remember is the standards in effect for years ending December 31, 2020 which are CAS 540 Auditing Estimates and Section 3465 Leases. There are many more standards for years ending December 31, 2021 but for now focus on what you need to know. ACCESS ASK KSA SUMMARY PDF HERE  


Accounting Guidance

CPA Canada published two good guidance tools on various accounting issues related to Covid back in May 2020. However, as you start to perform engagements in this upcoming year, many of the factors still exist and therefore I wanted to bring these publications to your attention once again. They include specific guidance on the many accounting issues that may have to be addressed along with practical consideration and the applicable handbook section. READ ASPE GUIDANCE HERE READ ASNPO GUIDANCE HERE  


Providing Business Guidance

Being a trusted advisor is more than the audit or review or tax return. It is about providing guidance and support to your clients. CPAs are asking for insights on how to deal with emerging business issues resulting from COVID-19. Learn about these issues and the guidance available to help your client deal with issues such as enforceability of commercial contracts, business interruption insurance coverage and authentication of documents among other topics. READ RESOURCES HERE


The Year Ahead: 2021 in Numbers

What does the upcoming year have in store for firms? What are your plans? How do you compare to others. In November Accounting Today conducted its annual survey of firms of all sizes polling practitioners on everything from the growth expectations to their plans for tech spending their use of social idea, the new services they are offering and what they expect to happen with the pandemic. The stats are very interesting. How do you compare? READ SURVEY RESULTS HERE


ASK KSA Professional Development Initiative

A key initiative I will be undertaking over the next few months is developing online, on demand professional development courses. Courses will be about one hour in length and cover many topics such as the new Quality Management Standards, practical application of the auditing standards such as performing substantive analytical procedures and journal entry testing, and other soft skills topics such as ethics, coaching and feedback and communicating with clients. As I develop my online course curriculum, I would be very interested in feedback from you as to what topics you would like me to include. I am open to all ideas and would love to hear from you.

What topics are of importance to you? What courses would you like to participate in? What thoughts do you have on what should be included in my online courses? Send me an email.

PD Reporting
Don’t forget provincial PD reporting requirements. Reporting due at the end of this month (NOW!).


It is going to be an exciting year on all fronts. While I will be busy with my new baby granddaughter, I will also be very busy with the many new standards and helping you keep up to date as you implement them to ensure you conduct efficient and effective engagements. I look forward to working with you as needed. As always, I am here to help you save time and achieve peace of mind. Reach out anytime.

 

Best regards,
Kirsten S. Albo, FCPA, FCA
President
1.204.228.2529
www.ksaconsultinginc.com


August 2019 Update

August 31, 2019 / Monthly Newsletter

In this Update:  Standards Updates; PEG Updates; Firm Risk Management; Pricing Client Engagements

Greetings,

The end of August is upon us and it has been a busy month. Summer is winding down (even though I don’t want to admit it) and minds are turning to fall and the planning that it brings. This month’s topics include matters that will help you get ready as you continue to think about upcoming standards changes, new PEG forms, quality management and discussing fees with your clients. Read on…

Standards Updates

No significant news to report but wanted to provide an update so you stay informed; changes are coming, that is a known! Exposure drafts being deliberated as response deadlines have passed. The key topics that will impact your practice include Quality Management (CSQM1 and CSQM 2), Identifying and Assessing Risks of Material Misstatements (CAS 315 Revised) and Compilation Engagements (CSRS 4200). A summary of the status of these is:

  • CSQM1/2 – The AASB agreed to perform further consultations with stakeholders on the proposed scope of Canadian Standard on Quality Management (CSQM) 1, Quality Management for Firms that Perform Audits or Reviews of Financial Statements, or Other Assurance or Related Services Engagements, in the fall of 2019. Standards expected in 2020.  READ QM UPDATE HERE
  • CAS 315 (Revised) – The AASB provided input to the IAASB on issues that are relevant to Canada. The Board will continue to discuss this project at future meetings. There is no proposed timeline on when the final pronouncement is expected but anecdotal evidence suggests early 2020.  READ CAS 315 UPDATE HERE
  • CSRS 4200 – The AASB is deliberating feedback received on the Exposure Draft. The new standard is being developed and is expected to be approved by the end of 2019 and effective for years ending on or after December 15, 2020.  READ CSRS 4200 UPDATE HERE

Other assurance exposure drafts still being deliberated include Key Audit Matters, for public companies, along with Public Sector Auditing Standards and Reporting Controls at a Service Organization. Responses to the Discussion Paper of Less Complex Entities were due this month and are now being deliberated. Finally, accounting exposure drafts on Agriculture and Revenue are still out there. 

PEG Updates

This month the 2019 Edition of the Professional Engagement Guide (PEG) was released. I have spent time understanding the changes and would be happy to discuss them further with you to determine what is most efficient and effective to implement in your practice. Key changes include:

  • A new chapter on data analytics in Volume 1. New chapters in both Volumes 1 and 2 have been added to provide guidance on assurance engagements to comply with specific requirements. These engagement are effective for reports dated on or April 1, 2019. This guidance covers either attestation or direct compliance engagements where either reasonable or limited assurance is being provided in a written report.
  • Sample assurance reports (finally!).
  • Some minor and a few major changes to the PEG audit forms, customized review forms for NPOs and new forms related to compliance reporting. 
  • In addition, an alternative set of review engagement forms has been developed. The idea is to use either all of the new forms, or all of the existing forms. It is not appropriate to mix and match sets. 

ACCESS PEG ON KNOTIA HERE (WILL HAVE TO LOG IN)

Ten Steps to Successful Firm Risk Management

Since quality management is top of mind with the CSQM1 and CSQM 2 Exposure Drafts, I thought you may be interested in an article to help you address quality matters in your firm. This is the second article of a risk management series and covers 10 steps for successful risk management. The first article is 8 steps to Establishing a Firm Risk Management program (link within). These articles are a result of discussions at recent IFAC SMP Committee meetings, the committee that is focused on practice management for small- and medium-size practices (SMPs).

READ ARTICLE HERE

How to Price Client Engagements and Increase Firm Profits

With all the changes coming, another topic that is top of mind is how to price engagements and discussing fee increases with your clients. The attached link is the second of a three-part series addressing this critical area; it covers approaches to fee increases and value pricing. The first in the series, the Importance of client Selection and Relationship Management (link within), features client classification and the importance of engagement letters and the third instalment will highlight credit control, collection techniques and dealing with conflict.

READ ARTICLE HERE


Lots to think about in the upcoming months but I am here to assist as needed to save you time and provide peace of mind. But first, enjoy the long weekend. Work will always be there, it is more important to spend time with your family and friends. I know I will this weekend. 

Best Regards,
Kirsten S. Albo, FCPA, FCA
President


April 2019 Update

April 21, 2019 / Monthly Newsletter

In this Update:  Exposure Drafts (Quality Management & Others); Other Information (CAS 720); auditing Less Complex Entities

Greetings,

April 30. Another tax season is officially passed. Knowing how busy this month can be, I wanted to keep this update light. There has been a lot recent activity by the standard setters therefore this month’s updates includes topics I will cover in more detail in the coming months as matters become more relevant but they are important enough to bring to your attention today. Read on…

Exposure Drafts on Quality Management

An exposure draft Canadian Standards for Quality Management (CSQM 1) was issued April 5, 2019. CSQM 1, along with the new Engagement Quality Reviews (CSQM 2), will replace the existing CSQC 1. Why do you care? While there are many changes in the exposure draft which I will provide details on in the next update, the biggest change is CSQM 1 will apply to all assurance and related services including compilation engagements and agreed-upon procedures engagements. CSQC 1 never applied to these types of engagements as CSQM 1 will now. CPA Canada issued an Audit and Assurance Alert further detailing these exposure drafts and the reasons for the changes.

READ ALERT HERE

Other Exposure Drafts

The Audit and Assurance Board is still deliberating feedback on comments received on the Exposure Drafts for Compilation Engagements (CSRS 4200), Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization (CSAE 3416) and Identifying and Assessing the Risks of Material Misstatement (CAS 315). Exposure Drafts for Group Audits and Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagements are being drafted. Why do you care?  It is important to keep up-to-date on standards.  I will provide updates and the impact as these Exposure Drafts are released, re-exposed or become effective the Handbook.  

Other Information (CAS 720)

As you turn your attention back to your audit engagements, it is a good time to remind yourself of the new reporting requirements related to Other Information (CAS 720).  This topic is getting a lot of attention as it is not always clear what constitutes “other information”. CPA Canada issued further guidance on other information considerations as it is not always just a formal, glossy annual report put out by the organization. Why do you care? It is a subjective area which requires discussions with management and Those Charged with Governance.

READ ALERT HERE

Audits of Less Complex Entities (LCE)

The audit of Less Complex Entities has been a topic for discussion for both the IAASB and Canada’s AASB over the past several years; we are finally seeing results from those discussions. This past November, I participated in an outreach session hosted by the AASB to discuss the barriers to effective and efficient audits of less complex entities. I have heard many comments of the challenges faced by small to mid-sized practitioners and was able to pass these on to the AASB directly. The results of this session will be released in a Discussion Paper shortly. 

In the meantime, the IAASB has released their Discussion Paper exploring how the IAASB and others could further support auditors working in increasingly evolving environments. The IAASB is asking for feedback on their paper and I plan to respond by the deadline of September 12, 2019.   Why do you care? This is an important topic for practitioners who audit smaller (or less complex) clients and more efficient and effective engagements may be the final result of these discussions. It will be interesting to see what comes next.

READ IAASB DISCUSSION PAPER HERE


Lots to think about in the coming months but for now, take a breathe. Rest assured there is time to deal with all of these matters in the coming months and I am here to assist you as needed. In the meantime, enjoy the upcoming weekend.

Best Regards,
Kirsten S. Albo, FCPA, FCA
President