Question: Your public accounting practice is located in a city of

Your public accounting practice is located in a city of 15,000 people. The majority of your work, conducted by you and two assistants, consists of compiling clients’ monthly statements and preparing income tax returns for individuals from cash data and partnership returns from books and records. You have a small number of audit clients; given the current size of your practice, you generally consider it a challenge to accept new audit clients.
One of your corporate clients is a retail hardware store. Your work for this client has been limited to preparing the corporate income tax return from a trial balance submitted by the bookkeeper.
On December 26, you receive from the president of the corporation a letter containing the following request:
We have made arrangements with First National Bank to borrow $ 500,000 to finance the purchase of a complete line of appliances. The bank has asked us to furnish our auditors’ certified statement as of December 31, which is the closing date of our accounting year. The trial balance of the general ledger should be ready by January 10, which should allow ample time to prepare your report for submission to the bank by January 20. In view of the importance of this certified report to our financing program, we trust you will arrange to comply with the preceding schedule.

From a theoretical viewpoint, discuss the difficulties that are caused by such a short notice audit request.

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