Roll Forward Wizard

Alerts and notices

The Roll Forward feature in Workpapers CS enables you to copy an existing engagement binder to use as a starting point for the next year.

When should you roll forward an engagement?

The Roll Forward process can take place any time during the engagement process, but is usually begun after work in the engagement binder has been completed, or is close to completion. The existing engagement binder is used as a template to create next year's engagement binder.


  • You must advance the client to the next Fiscal Year to have the next year's dates reflected in the new engagement binder.
  • The Roll Forward can only be performed by staff members who have the appropriate privilege assigned to them. For details about security in the application, see Security overview.

The roll forward process is similar to creating an engagement binder from an existing engagement. The following benefits are available when you use the Roll Forward option instead of adding an engagement binder based on an existing one from the Engagement Binders screen.

  • The Roll Forward process automatically selects the current engagement binder.
  • The Roll Forward process determines if the workpaper should be included, excluded or replaced in the next engagement binder.
  • Workpapers that are replaced are updated with the template workpaper of your choice.
  • Workpaper assignments can be retained.

How is the roll forward performed?

There are several ways to initiate the Roll Forward process.

Click the Roll Forward Roll Forward button button in the toolbar of the Engagement Binders Tree portlet in the Workpapers Dashboard.

Right-click the Engagement Binder Briefcase in the Engagement Binders Tree portlet (appears in the tree view by default), and choose Roll Forward.

Click the Roll Forward button in the Engagement Binders screen.

Related topics

Rolling forward the engagement binder

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