Posted by: Charles Denyer
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Statement on Auditing Standards No. 70, simply known as SAS 70 to many, has had a profound impact on regulatory compliance since the passage of the Sarbanes Oxley Act in 2002. As a SAS 70 auditor for many years, i’ve been asked a broad and wide range of questions regarding the who, what, where, when and why of SAS 70 Type I and SAS 70 Type II audits. Thus, if you need to learn everything you possibly can about SAS 70, then visit the official SAS 70 Resource Guide, where a voluminous amount of information is available.
Now, with that said, let me touch on a subject that has been brought up so many times it feels like a broken record: SAS 70 PRICING. So, what do they cost? What SHOULD they cost? These are some of the questions i fielded over the years. With that said, i can tell you what my honest best assessment is for pricing on these engagements, so here you go.
A general controls SAS 70 Type I that covers no real business processes and all fieldwork can be done at one location should be between $15,000 and $25,000.
A general controls SAS 70 Type II that covers no real business processes and all fieldwork can be done at one location should be between $25,000 and $35,000. Thus, subsequent years “could” see a decrease in fees (marginal, that is) if the control environment stays somewhat static.
If you start adding in requirements to test a wide array of specific “business process” controls, the price will go up. Keep in mind, some firms may charge (and do) a slightly cheaper fee than i’ve just quoted. But remember, you get what you pay for, especially for auditors. Find that healthy medium from a quality, boutique CPA firm that specializes in SAS 70 audits and you should be fine.