If the accountant believes he or she cannot establish an understanding of the terms of an engagement to review interim financial information with the audit committee, the accountant should decline to accept, continue, or perform the engagement. For audits of fiscal years beginning before December 15, 2012, click here.][The following bullet is effective for reviews of interim periods ending on or after November 15, 2004, for accelerated filers, and for reviews of interim periods after fiscal years ending on or after July 15, 2005, for all other issuers. In an initial review of interim financial information, the accountant should perform procedures that will enable him or her to obtain sufficient knowledge of the entity's business and its internal control to address the objectives discussed in paragraph .07 of this section.[The following paragraph is effective for audits of fiscal years beginning on or after December 15, 2012. As part of the procedures to obtain this knowledge, the accountant performing an initial review of interim financial information makes inquiries of the predecessor accountant and reviews the predecessor accountant's documentation for the preceding annual audit and for any prior interim periods in the current year that have been reviewed by the predecessor accountant if the predecessor accountant permits access to such documentation.Paragraph .22 of this section provides guidance to the accountant if he or she becomes aware of information that leads him or her to believe that the interim financial information may not be in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.Likewise, the auditor's responsibility as it relates to management's quarterly certifications on internal control over financial reporting is different from the auditor's responsibility as it relates to management's annual assessment of internal control over financial reporting.) significant financial accounting and reporting matters that may be of continuing significance, such as weaknesses in internal control.However, the inquiries made and analytical procedures performed or other procedures performed in the initial review and the conclusions reached are solely the responsibility of the successor accountant.The accountant should have the engagement letter executed by the appropriate party or parties on behalf of the company.
An accountant may conduct, in accordance with this section, a review of the interim financial information of an SEC registrant in preparation for a public offering or listing, if the entity's latest annual financial statements have been or are being audited.For example, if the accountant becomes aware of a significant change in the entity's control activities at a particular location, the accountant may consider ([The following paragraph is effective for reviews of interim periods within fiscal years beginning on or after December 15, 2010. Analytical procedures, for the purposes of this section, should include: See Appendix A [paragraph .54] of this section for examples of analytical procedures an accountant may consider performing when conducting a review of interim financial information.The accountant may find the guidance in section 329, , useful in conducting a review of interim financial information.Paragraphs .37 through .46 of this section provide reporting guidance for a review of interim financial information., requires a successor auditor to contact the entity's predecessor auditor and make inquiries of the predecessor auditor in deciding whether to accept appointment as an entity's independent auditor.
The specific inquiries made and the analytical and other procedures performed should be tailored to the engagement based on the accountant's knowledge of the entity's business and its internal control.