ASB issues clarified SAS

The AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board issued Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) no. 125, Alert That Restricts the Use of the Auditor’s Written Communication. The SAS, which is part of its Clarity Project, supersedes SAS no. 87, Restricting the Use of an Auditor’s Report (AICPA, Professional Standards, AU sec. 532 and AU-C sec. 905). It also amends other SASs and addresses the auditor’s responsibility, when required or the auditor decides, to include in the auditor’s report or other written communication issued by the auditor in connection with an engagement conducted in accordance with GAAS (referred to in this SAS as auditor’s written communication) language that restricts the use of the auditor’s written communication.

SAS no. 125 is effective for the auditor’s written communications related to audits of financial statements for periods ending on or after Dec. 15, 2012. For all other engagements conducted in accordance with GAAS, this SAS is effective for the auditor’s written communications issued on or after Dec. 15, 2012.

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