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Dec 1, 2022

An engagement letter is an important written agreement that describes the business relationship and the types of services agreed upon by a client and a professional firm. The letter details the scope of the agreement, terms and costs and sets expectations for both sides of the arrangement.

In this Tax Section Odyssey episode, April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — Tax Practice & Ethics, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, representing AICPA & CIMA, chats with Deb Rood, CPA, MST, Risk Control Consulting Director — CNA, about the importance of engagement letters and determines why a well-drafted engagement letter can help prevent a misunderstanding with a client from turning into an expensive liability claim.

What you’ll learn in this episode

  • The necessity of engagement letters (0.57)
  • Liability claims and engagement letters — the statistics (2.24)
  • Specific understandings and agreements that should be included in an engagement letter (5.35)
  • Timing and fee topics in engagement letters (7.32)
  • Electronic engagement letters (10.44)
  • Tips for those getting started on using engagement letters or for those that want to improve their processes (11.30)
  • Resources, including those related to client terminations (13.44)
  • A page from Deb’s travel journal (16.45)

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