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What is the difference between a review under SSAE standards and a review under SSARS?

The deciding factor is the type of client the company is. If the client is an issuer (i.e. public company), then a review engagement is subject to SSAE standards. If the client is a non-issuer (private), then the review engagement is subject to SSARS standards.

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