Our article within the December 2017 factor of the Magazine, “Selection Dispute Answer for Accounting and Comparable Products and services Disputes,” makes the next commentary that must be clarified:
If a shopper information monetary statements with the SEC, CPAs must perceive the SEC’s and PCAOB’s independence necessities prior to placing an ADR or limitation of damages clause into an engagement letter. Usually, the inclusion of ADR clauses won’t have an effect on CPAs’ independence; on the other hand, SEC registrants and sure different governmental regulated enterprises are precluded from together with an indemnification or legal responsibility limitation provision in an engagement letter, instead of one associated with a realizing misrepresentation by way of control.
There may be other steering within the literature relating to the usage of an indemnification clause associated with misrepresentations by way of control in an SEC or different regulatory submitting. The SEC personnel takes the placement that this and different sorts of indemnification clauses don’t seem to be allowed in engagement letters, as a result of they’re regarded as to impair independence and might result in the usage of much less thorough or intensive audit procedures than the auditor may another way use.
The authors thank the alert reader who introduced this to our consideration.
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