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before any such report is issued. If fees remain unpaid after the report has been issued, the
existence and significance of any threat shall be evaluated and safeguards applied when
necessary to eliminate the threat or reduce it to an acceptable level. An example of such a
safeguard is having another professional accountant who did not take part in the assurance
engagement provide advice or review the work performed. The firm shall determine whether
the overdue fees might be regarded as being equivalent to a loan to the client and whether,
because of the significance of the overdue fees, it is appropriate for the firm to be re-appointed
or continue the assurance engagement.
291.154 Contingent fees are fees calculated on a predetermined basis relating to the outcome of a
transaction or the result of the services performed by the firm. For the purposes of this section,
fees are not regarded as being contingent if established by a court or other public authority.
228 291.155 A contingent fee charged directly or indirectly, for example through an intermediary, by a firm
in respect of an assurance engagement creates a self-interest threat that is so significant that no
safeguards could reduce the threat to an acceptable level. Accordingly, a firm shall not enter
into any such fee arrangement.
291.156 A contingent fee charged directly or indirectly, for example through an intermediary, by a firm
in respect of a non-assurance service provided to an assurance client may also create a selfinterest threat. If the outcome of the non-assurance service, and therefore, the amount of the
fee, is dependent on a future or contemporary judgment related to a matter that is material to the
subject matter information of the assurance engagement, no safeguards could reduce the threat
to an acceptable level. Accordingly, such arrangements shall not be accepted.
291.157 For other contingent fee arrangements charged by a firm for a nonassurance service to an
assurance client, the existence and significance of any threats will depend on factors such as:...
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