Performing an audit

A 6-point plan to improve audit quality

A new six-point plan released by the AICPA provides a road map for enhanced performance on audits of private companies, employee benefit plans, and governmental entities.

5 ways to overcome confirmation bias

Following this five-step process can help auditors avoid a common psychological trap and the risk that they will overlook important contradictory evidence.

I’m not biased, am I?

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.

7 risk areas for the 2014 audit cycle

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.

Auditors still responsible for going-concern evaluation under PCAOB rules

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

ASB proposes moving content of AT Section 501 into GAAS

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

What the PCAOB’s new related-party standard means for auditors

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

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A new line of business to consider

Technology assessments may open the door to new engagement opportunities for your firm. What is a technology assessment? How do you perform one? JofA Tech Q&A author J. Carlton Collins shows you in a detailed explanation.

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Maximizing the higher education tax credits

A counterintuitive strategy can save taxes by including otherwise excludable scholarships in gross income.