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Expert Guide: Client Acceptance & Audit Continuity Rules


At GreenGrowth CPAs, we’re committed to upholding the highest standards in the evolving world of audit compliance services. To focus on transitioning client acceptance and audit continuity, we align our practices with established guidelines. These guidelines are set by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB), and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Our mission is to train our team comprehensively on the intricate requirements of client acceptance and audit continuity. This commitment not only aligns with regulatory standards but also demonstrates our dedication to integrity and quality in every engagement.

Delving Deeper into PCAOB Rules

Under the PCAOB’s QC Section 20, client acceptance and continuance form a vital part of a CPA firm’s quality control system. This encompasses:

  • Integrity and Competence Assessment: Ensuring associations with clients who demonstrate integrity and engaging in tasks that match the firm’s professional competence.
  • Thorough Client Assessment Procedures: These include management inquiries, financial statement inspections, online research, and background checks of key personnel like CEOs and CFOs.

PCAOB’s Approach to Initial Audits 

In initial audits, PCAOB emphasizes the importance of interaction with predecessor auditors. This is a key aspect of our expert CPAs for audit continuity services. This includes:

  • Prior to Engagement: Understanding the integrity of management, resolving any disagreements, and comprehending the reasons behind the change of auditors.
  • Post Engagement Acceptance: Inspecting working papers of the predecessor auditor and understanding the company’s transactions with related parties.

Adhering to Canadian Auditing Standards

In line with CQM 1, our PCAOB compliance specialists ensure that client acceptance aligns with the firm’s capability and the client’s management integrity. Similar standards apply in initial audit engagements and communications with predecessor auditors. CAS 510, CAS 200, and CAS 710 outline this.

AICPA’s Take on Client Acceptance

The AICPA’s guidelines share similarities with the PCAOB’s. However, they include distinct elements, such as not requiring background checks and independence communications before engagement. Understanding these differences is key to our tailored approach to compliance under various regulatory bodies.

Enhancing Our Audit Procedures

To further ensure compliance and excellence in our services, we focus on several key areas:

  • Background Checks and Integrity Analysis: Rigorous checks and analysis to ensure we associate with clients who uphold the highest standards of integrity.
  • In-Depth Industry Knowledge and Staffing Assessments: Ensuring that our team is fully equipped with the necessary industry insights and resources to handle specific engagements.
  • Comprehensive Documentation and Review Processes: Maintaining detailed records of all procedures, findings, and decisions, enhancing transparency and accountability in our audit processes.


At GreenGrowth CPAs, as expert CPAs for audit continuity, our commitment to rigorous compliance standards in client acceptance is unwavering. We believe in providing services that not only meet but exceed regulatory expectations, reflecting our dedication to quality and integrity.

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