A Notice to Reader or Compilation Report, prepared by an accountant for a business or organization, serves as a concise summary of financial information. In this blog, we’ll unravel the essentials of this financial statement and its role in providing limited assurance to key stakeholders.

Who’s it for?

  • Business owners and managers

  • Investors assessing financial statements

  • Anyone curious about financial reporting

Keep reading if you are:

  • Seeking clarity on financial statements

  • Wondering about the role of accountants in compiling financial information

Why does this matter to me? Understanding the Notice to Reader or Compilation Report matters because it sheds light on the financial health of a business. Whether you’re a business owner, investor, or simply interested in financial transparency, this blog will demystify its purpose.


A Notice to Reader or Compilation Report summarizes a business’s financial data, providing limited assurance to creditors, investors, and stakeholders. Accountants compile and present this report based on information provided by the company. It includes key financial statements but doesn’t offer the same level of assurance as an audit or review engagement. Instead, it provides a standardized view of financial information for users of the financial statements.

Understanding Notice-to-Reader (Compilation) Reports

A Notice to Reader or Compilation Report is a financial statement that offers a summarized view of a business’s financial data. It is designed to provide limited assurance to financial statement users like creditors, investors, and stakeholders. This report is prepared based on information provided by the company, and the accountant’s role is primarily to compile and present this data in a standardized format.

Report Contents

Typically, this report includes a balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, and accompanying notes. It may also contain additional information relevant to the company’s financial health, such as a management discussion and analysis.

Limited Assurance

It’s crucial to understand that a Notice to Reader or Compilation Report doesn’t offer the same level of assurance as an audit or a review engagement. The accountant does not express an opinion on the financial statements and does not provide assurance about the accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Instead, the report serves as a standardized presentation of financial data for the benefit of financial statement users.

What’s Next

Now that you have a clear grasp of what a Notice-to-Reader or Compilation Report is and its limited assurance, you’re better equipped to interpret financial statements. This report plays a crucial role in providing a summarized financial snapshot for businesses, but remember, it doesn’t offer the same level of assurance as an audit or review. It’s a tool for transparency and understanding.

If you have questions about Notice-to-Reader or Compilation Reports, or if you need assistance navigating the complexities of financial statements and gaining a deeper understanding of your business’s financial health, reach out to us at Purpose CPA. We’re here to provide guidance, answer your queries, and offer valuable insights to empower your financial decision-making. Contact us today, and let’s embark on a journey to enhance your financial knowledge and make informed choices. Your path to financial clarity starts here.