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An Expert Explains the Ins and Outs of Outside Audits

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This story appears in the June 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Business owners ask me this question all the time, and with good reason. Outside audits are intense examinations of your company's financial systems and controls, including sample testing and outside verification of many transactions on your ledgers. An outside auditor's opinion will include assurance that your financial statements are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and that your business is viable and sustainable. They can cost tens of thousands of dollars and suck up an accounting department's time for weeks at a stretch. Here's when you'll need one:

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THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS.

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