HLB Gross Collins has been an outstanding partner for our business for over 15 years. Wayne Gilmore and the partners and staff at HLB Gross Collins have supported our multi-national business tax and advice needs effectively and efficiently. Whether evaluating the tax and business consequences of an international or domestic job or completing the inevitable paperwork and tax returns required, HLB Gross Collins always provides the support we need. I highly recommend HLB Gross Collins to any business.
Steven R. Baardson, CFO & General Counsel
TransGlobal Energy, Inc.
SOC (System and Organization Controls) Engagements
HLB Gross Collins, P.C. has the knowledge, industry expertise and resources needed to help you with your SOC engagement. We are able to provide a quality review in an efficient and cost-effective measure based on:
- Our knowledge of what operational areas require review.
- Our ability to evaluate the appropriate control objectives and identify any design deficiencies or control weaknesses.
- Our thorough understanding and compliance with AICPA authoritative guidance governing these types of reports.
What are SOC engagements?
Many companies function more efficiently and profitably by outsourcing tasks or entire functions to service organizations that have the personnel, expertise, equipment, or technology to accomplish these tasks or functions. Examples of such services include cloud computing, managed security, health care claims management and processing, sales force automation, etc. Although user management can delegate these tasks or functions to a service organization, they are usually held responsible by those charged with governance (for example, the board of directors), customers, shareholders, regulators and other affected parties for establishing effective controls over those outsourced functions. The following SOC reports provide management of user organization’s with the information they need about the service organization's controls to help assess and address the risks associated with an outsourced service.
Why is a SOC engagement needed?
A SOC engagement is valuable in that it is a statement indicating that the service organization has had its control objectives and activities evaluated by an independent firm such as HLB Gross Collins, P.C. The report provides significant value both to the service organization and to those who utilize their services. It is a statement that establishes effectiveness and integrity with the organization’s quality control measures and goes toward building trust among the organization and their clients. Because the activity of these service providers entails financial or other sensitive information relevant to their customers, it is imperative that they demonstrate sufficient controls and safeguards where the housing of this information is concerned.
SOC engagements are gaining prominence as entities continue to outsource core business processes to third party service providers and as regulations increase their focus on internal controls. SOC engagements enable auditors to report on internal controls of a service organization. The engagements cover subject matters related to financial reporting as well as non-financial reporting. Depending on the needs of the user entity, three different types of SOC reports can be provided:
For additional information or if you have questions about your firm’s SOC needs, please contact our Director of Consulting Services, Jeff Plank.
Packard has been a client of HLB Gross Collins for 33 years, through the tough years and the growth years. They have been a loyal and trusted advisor to us for everything from Audited financials to our recent transition to 100% ESOP, we could not have completed this transaction without their expertise. The firm has grown with us over these years and we look forward to trusting them for all our accounting and tax needs for many years to come. I don’t know how to say enough about how I trust the advisors and friends I have a HLB Gross Collins.
Susan Kirkland, President
Brock Built Homes has been pleased to work with Gross Collins since 2006. Gross Collins is so much more than what we were used to getting from our former accounting firm. Gross Collins has provided excellent advice, recommendations, business strategies, industry standards, and accounting. Our business would not be where it is today without the work that Gross Collins has provided. Brock Built Homes gives an excellent recommendation to anyone who is considering working with Gross Collins.
Steve Brock, President
Brock Built Homes