Changes to your financial statements. Clarifying the new CSRS 4200, Compilation Engagements

March 31, 2022

With the new Canadian Standard on Related Services (CSRS) 4200, Compilation Engagements in effect for periods ending on or after Dec. 14, 2021, we answer some common questions below to help you effectively navigate the change.

Is the new standard an addition to or a replacement of the current standard?

CSRS 4200, Compilation Engagements, replaces the old Notice to Reader (NTR) standard in its entirety.

Why is the new standard needed?

The NTR standard had not been significantly revised in over 30 years and was in need of a change to address the following issues:

  • The reality that the financial statements are often used by third parties, such as lenders.
  • A gap between lenders’ perception of the extent of work performed and what was actually required.
  • A lack of clarity as to the basis of accounting applied.
  • Variation in the extent of work done by practitioners and the level of documentation in a compilation file.

The new compilation engagement report provides more clarity about the nature and scope of the engagement, as well as management and practitioner responsibilities. The new note describing the basis of accounting will help users understand how the financial information was put together.

Who is impacted by the new compilation standard?

The standard affects businesses and individuals that require compiled financial information for third party users and lenders.

Is the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) considered a third party user?

The CRA is not a third party for the purpose of the new compilation standard.

Is this a BDO-specific change or does it apply to all financial statements?

This is a Canadian standard that all Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) are required to comply with. The old NTR is no longer a service we provide.

When do my financial statements need to incorporate these changes?

All financial statements with periods ending on or after Dec. 14, 2021 must reflect these changes.

Helping you navigate the impact on your financial reporting and tax compliance needs

Your BDO advisor can help you adapt to this significant change, evaluate your options, and understand how it affects your current and future business needs.

Contact us to get hands-on support for your CSRS 4200 implementation plan.

Learn more about the changes and key features of the compilation engagement standard by visiting our Compilation Standard Resource Centre

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