Assurance Services

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Assurance Services

The assurance industry is changing.

Assurance expectations have evolved. 

What now differentiates one firm from another is not expertise as traditionally perceived in a CPA's ability to provide technical textbook answers. Rather, expertise necessitates context. Auditors must now, more than ever, understand the operating environment of their clients and balance technical textbook requirements with business implications. 

Audits ● Reviews ● Compilations

Efficient Audits

We understand what we're asking for and why. Our engagements are staffed with experienced professionals who know how to drive the process.

Clear Communication

Successful audits require clear communication. Our seasoned professionals communicate effectively, both with internal team members alongside our client contacts.

Real Recommendations

We don't leave grenades. Our broad experience allows us to provide real, contextual recommendations that we believe can help our clients.

Commitment to Quality

As part of our commitment to quality, Spire is enrolled in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Peer Review Program. We received a rating of “pass” with no deficiencies on our last peer review.

Assurance

Assurance engagements are designed to provide varying levels of assurance on historical financial data. A description of each is as follows:

Audit
In an audit, we obtain reasonable, but not absolute assurance that the financial statements are not materially misstated in accordance with a financial reporting framework. Audit procedures consists of examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements; therefore, an audit will involve judgment about the number of transactions to be examined and the areas to be tested. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.

In an audit, we test significant balances and transactions, as well as, areas of high risk. We often perform multiple procedures on each depending upon the risk that there may be a material misstatement due to error or fraud. Procedures would include analytical procedures and substantive procedures. The extent of substantive procedures depends on the significance of the account and the risk of material misstatement. In an audit, we are also required to understand the company’s background, industry and its internal controls over financial reporting.

Review
In a review, we obtain limited assurance that the financial statements are not materially misstated in accordance with a financial reporting framework. A review includes primarily applying analytical procedures to your financial data and making inquiries of Company management. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit. A review does not contemplate obtaining an understanding of the Company’s internal control; assessing fraud risk; testing accounting records by obtaining sufficient appropriate audit evidence through inspection, observation, confirmation, or the examination of source documents. 

Compilation
In a compilation, we do not obtain any assurance that the financial statements are not materially misstated in accordance with a financial reporting framework. A compilation differs significantly from a review or an audit of financial statements. A compilation does not contemplate performing inquiry, analytical procedures, or other procedures performed in a review. Additionally, a compilation does not contemplate obtaining an understanding of the company’s internal control; assessing fraud risk; testing accounting records by obtaining sufficient appropriate audit evidence through inspection, observation, confirmation, or the examination of source documents.

Preparation
Preparation services are just that, we prepare the company’s or organization’s financial statements on plain paper, with or without a statement of cash flows or footnotes based on information provided to us by management. This is a non-attest service and provides no assurance and does not include a report from us. This service is typically provided in conjunction with the above services or as a stand-alone service commonly referred to as “write-up” services.

Attest

Similar to its assurance counterparts, attest services provide varying levels of assurance on data other than financial statements. Attest engagements can cover a wide range of subject matters including, but not limited to: compliance with laws and regulations, cost allocations, costs basis for tax credits, pro formas, projections, and forecasts.

Examination
An examination provides reasonable, but not absolute assurance that the subject matter is not materially misstated. Examination procedures consists of a detailed inspection, on a test basis, of evidence supporting the subject matter; therefore, an examination will involve judgment about the number of transactions to be audited and the areas to be tested.

Review
A review provides limited assurance that the subject matter is not materially misstated. A review includes primarily applying analytical procedures to the subject matter and making inquiries of Company management. A review is substantially less in scope than an examination. A review does not contemplate obtaining an understanding of the Company’s internal control; assessing fraud risk; testing the subject matter by obtaining sufficient appropriate audit evidence through inspection, observation, confirmation, or the examination of source documents (for example, cancelled checks or bank images); or other procedures ordinarily performed in an examination. Accordingly, a review report will not express an opinion regarding the subject matter.

Agreed upon procedures
In an agreed upon procedures project, a CPA agrees to perform an agreed to set of procedures on a subject matter. No other procedures are performed and no opinion is expressed on the subject matter.

Compilation
A compilation provides no assurance that the subject matter is not materially misstated. A compilation differs significantly from a review or an examination. A compilation does not contemplate performing inquiry, analytical procedures, or other procedures performed in a review. Additionally, a compilation does not contemplate obtaining an understanding of the company’s internal control; assessing fraud risk; testing the subject matter by obtaining sufficient appropriate audit evidence through inspection, observation, confirmation, or the examination of source documents (for example, cancelled checks or bank images); or other procedures ordinarily performed in an audit. Accordingly, a compilation report will not express an opinion or provide any assurance regarding the financial statements being compiled.

Case Studies

Major State Agencies

Services Provided:

  • Financial planning and analysis
  • Financial modeling
  • Stakeholder outreach and management
  • Business process analysis and reengineering
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Major State Agencies
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We are driven and united by a relentless pursuit of the truth. It takes courage and conviction to do the right thing today, to lay the foundations for future generations; to ask the tough questions and go above and beyond for the greater good. ”

Tyler Kimura
Partner

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