Travel restrictions led to a buildup of compensated absences and a corresponding liability that has implications for financial reporting, auditing, and management.
Audit & assurance
The AICPA Auditing Standards Board issued a statement of position Wednesday on performing agreed-upon procedures related to third-party due diligence services on rated Exchange Act asset-backed securities.
Hear or read the opening of a multipart series on audit transformation. This episode provides an overview of the auditing landscape and more.
As momentum grows for environmental, social and governance disclosures, ESG assurance opportunities are expected to present themselves for CPAs, who currently are performing a small fraction of these engagements in the US.
The AICPA and the Center for Audit Quality sent letters to the SEC supporting its exploration of disclosures related to climate change and environmental, social and governance issues.
The businesses the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed to the brink of failure still face some unprecedented challenges regarding compliance with the going concern disclosure guidance.
Revenue recognition issues for employee benefit plans are addressed in proposed implementation guidance issued by the AICPA Financial Reporting Executive Committee.
A new standard issued by the AICPA Auditing Standards Board provides guidance on auditing the fair value of financial instruments, with a focus on the use of pricing services. The ASB also modernized its standards related to the use of specialists by management and auditors.
Reporting on environmental, social and governance information is becoming increasingly important. Internal audit’s independent advisory and assurance work can help organizations get it right.
PCAOB Chair William Duhnke III was removed from his position on the board as the SEC named Duane DesParte as acting chair. The SEC announced that it intends to seek candidates to fill all five positions on the PCAOB.
Regulators and standard setters are promulgating new requirements for environmental, social and governance information, and that may lead many companies to call upon external auditors to examine their ESG disclosures.
AICPA & CIMA released additional nonauthoritative guidance addressing issues related to the auditing of digital assets such as bitcoin and ether. The material covers topics such as risk assessment; processes and controls; laws and regulations; and related parties.
Careful analysis and thought-provoking discussion contribute to high-quality risk assessment in auditing. A proposed new standard is designed to lead to improvement in this area.
The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board proposed a framework that would guide its actions when its oversight activities are stymied by authorities in other jurisdictions.
As pandemic relief adds to funding that needs to be considered in a single audit, it’s important to remember that the rules in the Uniform Guidance still prevail.
Interest in special-purpose acquisition companies is growing among investors and regulators. The Center for Audit Quality has considerations for auditors and audit committees to keep in mind regarding SPACs.
The right displays can make a big difference in spotting trends and communicating with clients.
Jennifer Burns joined the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants as chief auditor.
Lorin Venable, CPA, CGMA, of Arlington, Va., is assistant inspector general for Audit in the Financial Management and Reporting Directorate of the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General.
Thorough documentation demonstrates the quality that a practitioner has delivered in any audit. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, documentation provides auditors an opportunity to show they are on top of the many changes that plans may have undergone.