Recently Issued Technical Questions and Answers 


    The following are recent technical staff questions and answers issued since July 2013 and may have been revised since original issuance. The questions and answers in this section are not sources of established authoritative principles. This material is based on selected practice matters identified by the staff of the AICPA's Technical Hotline and various other bodies within the AICPA and has not been approved, disapproved, or otherwise acted upon by any senior committee of the AICPA. Consult Technical Practice Aids for all technical staff questions and answers issued by the AICPA.

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    TIS Section Title Issue Date
    8100.03 Using Current Auditing Standards for Audits of Prior Periods December 2013
    9150.32 Modification to the Accountant's Compilation or Review Report When a Client Adopts a Private Company Council Accounting Alternative
    March 2014
    9150.33 Compilation or Review Report in Which Management Refuses to Include Disclosure Related to Adoption of a PCC Accounting Alternative
    March 2014
    9160.29 Modification to the Auditor's Report When a Client Adopts a PCC Accounting Alternative
    March 2014
    9150.34 Modification to the Accountant’s Compilation or Review Report When a Client Adopts a Private Company Council Accounting Alternative That Results in a Change to a Previously Issued Report
    April 2014
    9160.30 Modification to the Auditor’s Report When a Client Adopts a PCC Accounting Alternative That Results in a Change to a Previously Issued Report
    April 2014

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    TIS Section 8100.03, "Using Current Auditing Standards for Audits of Prior Periods" (Issue Date: December 2013)

    Inquiry — An auditor is engaged to perform an audit of financial statements that are as of or for a period that ended prior to the effective date of the clarified auditing standards. May an auditor use the clarified auditing standards that are currently effective at the time the audit is performed even though the standards were not effective for that prior period?

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    TIS Section 9150.32, "Modification to the Accountant's Compilation or Review Report When a Client Adopts a Private Company Council Accounting Alternative" (Issue Date: March 2014)

    Inquiry — A private company client has adopted one or more of the Private Company Council (PCC) accounting alternatives in the current year and disclosed the change in accounting principle, which is material to the financial statements. Is the accountant required to add an emphasis-of-matter (EOM) paragraph to the compilation or review report for this change in accounting principle?

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    TIS Section 9150.33, "Compilation or Review Report in Which Management Refuses to Include Disclosure Related to Adoption of a PCC Accounting Alternative" (Issue Date: March 2014)

    Inquiry — When management has adopted one or more of the PCC accounting alternatives but does not disclose this change in accounting principle, which is material to the financial statements, how should the accountant’s compilation or review report be modified?

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    TIS Section 9160.29, "Modification to the Auditor's Report When a Client Adopts a PCC Accounting Alternative" (Issue Date: March 2014)

    Inquiry — A private company audit client has adopted one or more of the PCC accounting alternatives in the current year and disclosed the change in accounting principle, which is material to the financial statements. Is the auditor required to add an emphasis-of-matter (EOM) paragraph to the auditor’s report for this change in accounting principle?

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    TIS Section 9150.34, "Modification to the Accountant’s Compilation or Review Report When a Client Adopts a Private Company Council Accounting Alternative That Results in a Change to a Previously Issued Report" (Issue Date: April 2014)

    Inquiry — A private company client has adopted the guidance in Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-07, Consolidation (Topic 810): Applying Variable Interest Entities Guidance to Common Control Leasing Arrangements, in the current year. In the prior year, the private company elected not to consolidate a material variable interest entity (VIE) and, therefore, the accountant’s compilation or review report noted a departure from generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The private company is now presenting comparative financial statements and this accounting change (which should be applied retrospectively) no longer requires the material VIE to be consolidated. Accordingly, the prior year compilation or review report on those statements would no longer need to refer to a departure from GAAP. Is the accountant required to add an explanatory paragraph to the compilation or review report in the current period?

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    TIS Section 9160.30, "Modification to the Auditor’s Report When a Client Adopts a PCC Accounting Alternative That Results in a Change to a Previously Issued Report" (Issue Date: April 2014)

    Inquiry — A private company client has adopted the guidance in FASB ASU No. 2014-07, Consolidation (Topic 810): Applying Variable Interest Entities (VIE) Guidance to Common Control Leasing Arrangements, in the current year. In the prior year, the private company elected not to consolidate a material VIE and, therefore, the auditor’s report was qualified in order to note a material departure from GAAP. The private company is now presenting comparative financial statements and this accounting change (which is required to be applied retrospectively) no longer requires the material VIE to be consolidated. Accordingly, the prior year auditor’s opinion on those statements would no longer need to be qualified. Is the auditor required to add an emphasis-of-matter (EOM) paragraph to the current year’s report?

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