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DEFINITION of 'Assurance Services'

A type of professional service usually provided by CPAs. Assurance services can include review of any kind of financial document or transaction, such as a loan, contract or financial website. This review certifies the correctness and validity of the item being reviewed by the CPA.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Assurance Services'

Assurance services can come in variety of forms and are meant to provide the firm contracting the CPA with pertinant information in order to ease decision making. For example, the client could request that the CPA carefully go over all of the numbers and math that are on the client's mortgage website to ensure that all of the calculations and equations are correct.

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