Today's World of Audits

by Larry Perry, CPA, CPA Firm Support Services, LLC - Larry has over 40 years experience as a CPA practitioner, author of accounting and auditing manuals, author and presenter of live staff training seminars and author of webcast and self-study CPE programs.  He is co-founder of CPA Firm Support Services, LLC (www.cpafirmsupport.com), an organization providing resources, training and consulting to smaller CPA firms.  Larry writes a weekly blog on AccountingWEB.com focusing on small audits, reviews and compilations.  He is currently developing documentation manuals and handbooks for small audits, reviews and compilations and related electronic practice aids.

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Oct
10
In my staff training seminar, Developing Supervisors and Managers, participants are asked to list the attributes of a person they consider their best supervisor. This is the composite list in no particular order:
Oct
03
What constitutes good supervision in a CPA firm? What are the characteristics of a good supervisor? Is supervision necessary on small audits? How much is necessary? When and how should it occur?
Oct
03
In some CPA firms, the most common method of assigning people to accounting and auditing engagements is, out of necessity, to use whoever is available.
Sep
27
Jeff was assigned at the last minute to be my assistant on a large audit. He was new, lacked some basic skills and had no orientation training. Most importantly, he couldn’t operate a ten-key adder by touch!
Sep
27
Arriving for my first day of work on my first job in public accounting a partner took me to a client’s office to begin an audit.
Sep
21
A CPA firm’s staff training goal should be to improve the performance of its personnel to increase engagement and firm profitability.
Sep
21
It’s not new news, but the purpose of mandatory continuing professional education (CPE) is to improve the competence of CPAs. By improving the competence of CPAs, standard-setters reasoned, the quality of their services should improve.
Sep
12
Perhaps the most effective on-the-job training activity, shadowing, can best be viewed while dining out! As a server approaches your table, you notice a rope tied around her waist.
Sep
12
If you read my last blog, you'll remember I discussed some reasons why college graduates don't always know everything we think they should. We can complain about this but the truth is that most employees' training must occur on the job.
Sep
04
Having struggled through college with mediocre grades, it took me decades to realize that my grades didn’t matter much! I learned almost everything I know after college, on the job.

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Larry Perry, CPA, CPA Firm Support Services, LLC, is the author of accounting and auditing manuals, author and presenter of live staff training seminars, and author of webcast and self-study CPE programs. He blogs about small audits, reviews, and compilations.

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