The Soft Close

1 Credits: Accounting


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The Soft Close

Course Level
CPE Credits

1 Credits: Accounting

Course Description

Closing the books is one of the more detailed and complicated procedures that a company must deal with. This comprehensive hard close must be completed in order to generate sufficiently accurate financial statements for general consumption. Some accountants have found a way to mitigate the work of closing the books by using a soft close. In The Soft Close, we will discuss the soft close concept and the situations in which it can be used. We’ll also cover the risks associated with using a soft close and the situations in which this type of close can be used. Ancillary topics are also covered, including recommended disclosures and how to employ a soft close in a multi-subsidiary environment.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the situations in which financial statements that have been produced with a soft close can be issued.
  • Identify the reporting periods in which a public or private company could use a soft close.
  • Specify the situations in which a soft close is more likely to result in financial statement errors.
  • Recognize the calculation methods used to estimate ending inventory.
  • State the types of risk environments in which a soft close should and should not be used.
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
May 31, 2023

There are no prerequisites

Advanced Preparation


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Meet The Experts

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Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 250 business books and courses. He provides Western CPE with self-study courses in the areas of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical application of accounting standards and management techniques. A sampling of his courses include the The New Controller Guidebook, The GAAP Guidebook, Accountants’ Guidebook, and Closing the Books: An Accountant’s Guide. He also manages the Accounting Best Practices podcast. Steven has been the CFO or controller of both public and private companies and has been a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and …

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