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Dec 31 2008   11:30PM GMT

SAS 70 Audits | Understanding PRICING for SAS 70 Engagements

Charles Denyer Charles Denyer Profile: Charles Denyer

SAS 70 Type I and Type II audits have become common for many organizations providing critical outsourcing services to companies. Known as service organizations, they have all landed on the regulatory radar of having to be SAS 70 compliant, due in large part because of Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) or any other large number of federal regulatory compliance mandates.. I’m often asked how much does a SAS 70 Type I or Type II audit cost. Well, that depends on a number of factors and circumstances that will be discussed today.

Issue #1: Choosing a Firm for the SAS 70 Audit

There are a number of providers available for SAS 70 audits, ranging from regional CPA firms to the nationally recognized big four firms. And as with anything in life, most organizations try to find the most value for their money, but remember, you get what you pay for. Small firms may be cost-effective, but they may lack the expertise and name recognition of other firms. The big four accounting firms will charge you a heavy premium audit fee, yet you get their name on the report, ultimately giving it a high level of recognition, simply based on who they are.

Remember, SAS 70 Type I and Type II audit prices have a wide range, so it’s probably a wise choice to pick in between, that is, a firm who is specialized, nationally known, not too large and bureaucratic, and provides you with a cost-effective, “fixed fee” that is fair, equitable, and you can live with.

Issue #2: Scoping the SAS 70 Audit

Numerous factors ultimately come into play for pricing considerations, but scoping is extremely important. It tells you and the CPA firm what will be tested, where it will be tested, and how long the test period will be, if a SAS 70 Type II audit is being performed.

To learn more about SAS 70 audits, visit the official sas 70 resource guide.

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