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An exposure draft of a proposed Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services, entitled Reporting on Personal Financial Plans accompanies this letter. SSARS 1 requires, as a minimum that an accountant comply with the standards established for compilation services whenever they submit a financial statement to their client or others. Increasingly, accountants are providing comprehensive personal financial planning services to clients which may include personal financial statements, supplementary explanatory information and prospective financial information. Often personal financial plans present financial information on transactions which may be historical, pro forma or prospective. This information is often interspersed through narrative material and recommendations, which taken as a whole, comprises the overall personal financial plan. Some accountants assert that users of personal financial plans understand the nature, limitations, and objectives of a personal financial plan and that financial statements are incidental to the preparation of the plan. Given those assertions, applying SSARS would require some unusual considerations.
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American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Financial Planning Task Force and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Accounting and Review Services Committee, "Proposed statement on standards for accounting and review services : reporting on personal financial plans;Reporting on personal financial plans" (1985). Statements of Position. 480.