Memphis Realty Audit Engagement Letter

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To: Bob Belmont From: Jim Shorts Date: September 12, 2013 Subject: Memphis Reality Audit Engagement Mr. Belmont, Memphis Reality needs an audit for a large amount of financing in some of their estate investments. Justin Case, the owner of Memphis Reality and also a local nonprofit organization, told me that the company has never been audited. The firm is quite successful and has a solid reputation in the community. However, after closer examination of Justin Case’s history, I have my doubts. I contacted Case’s tax accountant, Jo King, to verify his previous financial history. Mr. King mentioned that Case was questioned by the IRS about a substantial capital loss 10 years ago. The loss came from a sale of a tract of land to a trust. Case allegedly lost all documentation and had no way of finding out the principals of the trust. Further investigation revealed that the land was recorded in the name of Case’s daughter, and that Case himself was listed as a trustee. The IRS rejected the loss and Case was assessed a civil fraud penalty. This illegal activity seems to reflect nothing of Case’s behavior now. As I mentioned before, internet searches of Case, Case’s banker and attorney, and the Dun & Bradstreet report speak very highly of him. Being on the board of directors for Case’s nonprofit organization, I have taken a considerable liking to this investigation. Nevertheless, we must uphold our professional skepticism. Why has Memphis Reality never been audited? Why should T&A CPA’s accept him as a client due to Case’s previous behavior? I have broken down these arguments to make a sensible decision. I am leaning towards declining the audit engagement, however we must consider both sides. Accept the Memphis Reality Audit Engagement: * Review the investments and receive a substantial audit fee. * Trust that Justin Case has matured since

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