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Creating a New Client File from Existing Client Data

A new file can be created from a client data source. Company details, accounts, journal entries, and other accounting data are imported from the specified data source and included in the new file.

Note: A client file should never be added as a template and used to create new client files.

  1. In Caseware Working Papers, select File | New.

  2. Enter a name for the new file.

  3. In the Based on list, select the Audit template, then click Create file and import data.

  4. The New File From Client Data wizard displays. Choose from one of three methods to bring in the trial balance and other client data:

    • Client data file – based on an existing QuickBooks™ accounting file

    • Existing file – based on an existing Caseware Working Papers file

    • Other Data Source – based on other accounting packages

  5. Click Next. Select the file whose trial balance data you wish to include in the new file.
  6. Type a name for your client file and select the appropriate template (Audit or Review and Compilation) file as the base file. All components of the selected template are copied automatically to your new client file.
  7. After the copying is completed, an Engagement Profile Selector dialog prompts you to choose a profile:

    • For files based on the Audit template, select a default set of audit forms and template features for your engagement.

    • For files based on the Review and Compilation template, select whether the engagement is a Review, or a Compilation.

    Select the profile that best suits the engagement. All components of the selected template are copied automatically into the new client file.

    Once the profile is selected for audit client files, an Optimiser Checklist will automatically open, prompting the engagement team to answer a series of questions related to the engagement. Answering each question will mark the associated documents for deletion in the Optimiser Confirmation Report (AOCR). All work-programs and leadsheets will appear in Part III of the AOCR. Do not proceed with deleting these documents until materiality is completed.

  8. Once all relevant documents have been included in the engagement file, the Engagement Properties dialog is displayed. Select the beginning and ending dates for your client's fiscal year and click OK.