Examples of Matters in Peer Reviews
Engagements with Year-Ends between 1/01/2019 and 4/01/2020
The AICPA is using data collected during peer reviews to learn about trouble spots and is developing resources within the AICPA that will allow firms to have a more focused remedy for their findings. Our ultimate goal is to assist firms with the hurdles they’ve faced in the past, provide them with tools to drive up their quality and overall “up the game on quality” in the profession.
Please see this file for the most recent examples of matters in peer reviews.
 Due to the timing of when peer reviews are performed, there is a lag between the year-end of the engagement and when a matter is included in this report. Peer reviews are due 6 months after a firm’s peer review year end. A firm’s peer review would cover engagements with year ends during the peer review year (report dates for projections and AUPs). As an example, if a firm’s peer review year is January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, its peer review is not due until June 30, 2020. Therefore, a January 31, 2019 year end audit would not be included in the MFC data until approximately June 30, 2020. However, a December 31, 2019 year end audit in the same scenario would be included in the MFC data around June 30, 2020 as well. Refer to www.aicpa.org/prsummary for more information about peer review.
We prepare our analysis on MFCs for engagements with year ends (report dates for projections and AUPs) from the most recently accepted peer reviews, generally within the last 15 months. By using a 15-month period, we can ensure we are providing information based on the most recent engagements, including a calendar year end.