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 a critical yet complex task for companies, requiring meticulous attention to detail to produce accurate financial statements. This course, The Soft Close, addresses the challenges of the traditional hard close process and introduces the concept of a soft close as a potential solution. It agitates the intensive workload and time constraints associated with the hard close, highlighting the need for a more efficient approach without compromising the accuracy of financial statements. The course provides a comprehensive overview of the soft close method, discussing when and how it can be appropriately used, its risks, and its applicability in various reporting periods for both public and private companies. Participants will also learn about ancillary topics such as recommended disclosures and implementing a soft close in a multi-subsidiary environment. This course is essential for accountants seeking to streamline their closing process while maintaining the integrity of financial reporting.

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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


Compliance Information

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Meet The Experts

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 300 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 …