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Staff Tips: Accessing PRIMA, Review Status and Due Date Extension Requests

January 15, 2019

Accessing PRIMA

Page 3 of this link (PDF) provides basic information for firms to access PRIMA, whether it be the first time, or if you need a refresher. It will explain how to create a login, or how to reset your password if you’ve already logged in before. To log in using your AICPA number, please reference the AICPA number on correspondence you’ve received from the AICPA, typically starting with a 9 and 12 digits in length. If you do not see the option “Register using your AICPA member number,” please let us know and we will submit a ticket on your behalf for assistance from the AICPA PR support team. Otherwise, if you need assistance logging in, you can contact the PRIMA support desk directly at [email protected] or call them directly at (919) 402-4502.

Review Status

If you are in the process of going through a review, PRIMA will show where the review stands overall (i.e. with the team captain, firm, or administering entity). If your review shows that it resides with the administering entity (VSCPA), don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’d be happy to apprise you of where your review stands, when it will be reviewed by the committee, and when you should expect to receive notification that the review was accepted by the committee. When in doubt or questions arise, please reach out to us, we’re happy to help!

Peer Review Due Date Extension Requests

The VSCPA adheres to the AICPA’s policy* for granting due date extension requests. All requests should be made through PRIMA (under For Firms in top banner of firm’s home screen), and will be assessed on a case-by case basis. VSCPA policy for extension requests dictates the following:

  • Firms must request an extension no less than 60 days prior to the due date
  • Requests cannot be made for any greater than 90 days past the original due date
  • All extension requests made past the due date must be automatically rejected

The VSCPA understands that circumstances may arise in which an extension request made within the above parameters are not feasible. Firms should still contact the VSCPA with the request and include as much detail as possible regarding the extenuating circumstances. The VSCPA will assess each need for a request on a case-by- case basis to determine if the request shall be granted or rejected.

*AICPA Administrative Manual- Chapter 7, Interpretation 18-1

All firms should ensure that their contact information, especially their email address is up to date in the AICPA’s PRIMA database. PRIMA contacts firms solely through email, so all correspondence to firms regarding annual updates to enrollment information and important reminders for scheduling peer reviews are sent only by email. It is imperative that firms ensure their current email address is in PRIMA.

When entering enrollment information, please ensure that the number you enter under the field for Firm Personnel that Provide A&A Services only includes staff that sign off on A&A engagements. All other staff should be listed below the table as part of Non-A&A Personnel. The number of A&A staff you enter is used to determine your billing class for the VSCPA, so it’s extremely important that the number of A&A personnel is correct so your firm is not placed into the incorrect billing class and overcharged accordingly.

Our staff is always happy to help if you have PRIMA issues, and can typically help guide you through the process of tasks such as signing up, changing information, or uploading documents for technical review. For technical or IT-related issues such as being locked out of your account or if you experience an error message, it may be faster for a firm to contact PRIMA support directly at [email protected], or call (919) 402-4502. Of course, even in these instances, we’ll be happy to submit a ticket to their support desk on your firm’s behalf.