Following this five-step process can help auditors avoid a common psychological trap and the risk that they will overlook important contradictory evidence.
Performing an audit
Five common judgment biases can have a negative impact on accounting and auditing decisions. Learn how to spot these biases, and take a short quiz to see how they can affect your judgment.
A new standard released by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board changes rules about how auditors will communicate about their work in their reports.
In a new concept of practice monitoring the AICPA envisions for the future, peer reviewers and firms will use a new technology platform to enable more thorough analysis and provide more timely feedback for accounting, auditing and attestation engagements.
Revenue recognition and internal control over financial reporting are among the key risk factors in the 2014 audit cycle, according to an alert by the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ). The alert details seven key areas of potential risk in auditors’ work.
PCAOB Chairman James Doty hopes the board will complete a standard early next year that will require the naming of the engagement partner and other firms participating in U.S. public company audits.
Recent changes to U.S. GAAP do not change public company auditors’ responsibilities for following existing PCAOB standards when considering a company’s ability to continue as a going concern, the PCAOB said Monday. In a staff audit practice alert, the PCAOB said current auditing requirements remain in force in light of
The AICPA Auditing Standards Board (ASB) is proposing moving a section of its attestation standards into generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS). Engagements performed under existing AT Section 501, An Examination of an Entity’s Internal Control Over Financial Reporting That Is Integrated With an Audit of Its Financial Statements, as well
Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series of articles about application of the group audits standard. For the first article in the series, see “The Scoop on Group Audits: You May Have Them, Even Though You Think You Don’t.” There is a lot to consider when evaluating
A new PCAOB related-party auditing standard may cause audit firms to revise their audit plans and methodologies to ensure that newly required procedures are fully incorporated into all phases of the audit. The PCAOB issued Auditing Standard (AS) No. 18, Related Parties, on June 10 along with amendments to auditing
The PCAOB staff on Thursday issued new guidance for SEC-registered auditors of brokers and dealers as they make the transition to PCAOB standards from the generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS) that previously governed such audits. The staff guidance highlights relevant requirements for audits and attestation engagements. It also provides direction
The AICPA Auditing Standards Board (ASB) on Thursday issued two interpretations that are designed to help governmental pension plans, participating employers, and their auditors as they implement new GASB standards. Governmental multiple-employer pension plans and their participating employers are facing numerous accounting and auditing issues as a result of GASB
New PCAOB rules approved Tuesday are designed to strengthen auditors’ scrutiny of related-party transactions and significant unusual transactions. Auditing Standard No. 18, Related Parties, requires the auditor to perform specific procedures to evaluate a company’s identification of, accounting for, and disclosure of the transactions and relationships between a company and
The PCAOB is asking for additional comment on its proposal for reorganizing the board’s auditing standards. The framework would reorganize the existing PCAOB-issued and interim auditing standards by topic with a single numbering system. The original comment period for the proposal ended May 28, 2013. Along with a supplemental request
A new International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) reproposal is intended to clarify and strengthen auditors’ responsibilities related to “other information” that is included in organizations’ annual reports outside the audited financial statements. The reproposed International Standard on Auditing 720 (Revised), The Auditor’s Responsibilities Relating to Other Information, would
A new international framework for audit quality takes a broad look at how the stakeholders in the audit process can work to make audits better. The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) released Tuesday a framework that is designed to encourage auditors, audit clients, audit firms, regulators, and others
As Vince Lombardi said, “Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” I would add to this that an individual firm’s commitment to group audit considerations makes audit planning work. Simply stated, group audits are audits of
The AICPA Auditing Standards Board (ASB) proposed amendments Thursday to AU-C Section 920, Letters for Underwriters and Certain Other Requesting Parties. AU-C Section 920 was issued as part of the ASB’s clarity project and is a redrafting of AU Section 634 of the same title. When the clarified standard was
With the release of a new auditing standard addressing the external auditor’s responsibilities if using the work of internal auditors, the AICPA Auditing Standards Board has completed the clarity redrafting of its final AU section in AICPA Professional Standards. Developed using International Standard on Auditing 610 (Revised 2013), Using the
The PCAOB has extended the comment period on its reproposed standard that would require the engagement partner and certain other participants in the audit to be identified in the audit report. The new deadline is March 17; the original deadline was Feb. 3. The board reproposed the amendments in December.