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Dear audit client.......
Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Here are some suggestions on how we can improve our auditor-client relationship:

1) Don't assume that just because I'm asking you a question, that something is wrong or that I'm accusing you of incorrectly accounting for something. Just relax and help me understand the process. Getting angry at me for asking questions only leads me to believe that you are hiding something.

2) Audits are usually done once a year. Therefore, I'm not going to remember every single thing that happened in the PY (prior year). You may do the same things every month, but I don't. Please try to understand that unless I've been your auditor for the last several years, I cannot possibly remember everything about your business.

3) If something hasn't changed from the PY to the CY, that does not mean I cannot look into it more in the current year. Does it occur to you that we don't catch EVERY single thing in our audits? I know it can be frustrating to explain something every year when the accounting methodology hasn't changed, but we do get new staff on our jobs. That's part of the industry, so please keep that in mind.

4) If you're a public company, try to understand this: you need us and we need you. Please stop with the "when are you auditors gonna leave already?" jokes. Haha, I get it, okay, you hate us. Let's laugh once about it, but not every single day. Suck it up. Again, you need us, and we need you.

5) Do not assume you are my one and only client year-round. I juggle several jobs at a time, so please try to understand that I cannot always respond in 15 minutes.

6) Do not lie to me. If you promise to deliver a schedule that you know you cannot get to us in time, just flippin say so. I'd rather you be upfront and honest about it than make promises you cannot keep, which result in me working extra on the weekends.

7) If you used to work for my firm and left public accounting several years ago, please do not tell me how to do my job and that you know how to audit better than I do. You have no idea how much has changed since you left. What may have been acceptable practice back then may or may not apply now.

8) Please please do not tell me what's immaterial from our standpoint. You do not have that information so who are you to tell me I shouldn't be looking at something that's $100,000? That might be immaterial for you, but not for me.

9) Please do not set the alarm while I am still working in your building late at night.

10) Follow the golden rule. Enough said.

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posted by Daphne @ 10:32 PM  
3 Comments:
  • At 9:24 AM, Blogger Dylan aka Rowena said…

    Oh sweetie that sucks..are the clients giving you a hard time? You want me to borrow Grace's bat? You just let me know...I'm close by if you need an alibi, kay? haha.

     
  • At 3:48 PM, Blogger Mormishmom said…

    I love this post! They are all the complaints that Will has when he gets home from a client. You made me laugh today and I needed that.

     
  • At 10:17 AM, Blogger Holly said…

    Poor baby.

    Want me to make you a doll? lol

    HUGS!

     
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