Performing an audit

What ‘dry runs’ reveal about critical audit matters

The new reporting model for public company audits requires practitioners to disclose “critical audit matters” that arise during their work. A new Center for Audit Quality report examines the results of “dry runs” that are designed to help firms develop methodologies for determining and reporting critical audit matters.

Strategies for quality work in single audits

Careful testing and thorough documentation are among the keys for quality single audit performance described by Laurie De Armond, CPA, in her summary of observations from the AICPA Not-for-Profit Industry Conference.

11 tips for success with single audits

As a new regulation takes effect for single audits, practitioners need to plan carefully, and test and document skillfully as they perform this specialized work for clients.

PCAOB to vote on naming engagement partner

The PCAOB plans to meet next week to vote on a final standard that would create a new form naming the engagement partner on public company audits as well as other firms that participated in the audit.

How to perform high-quality EBP audits

Employee benefit plan audits require specialized training and present significant regulatory risk. Following certain best practices can help practitioners deliver high-quality audits.

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.

NEWS

IRS sets start date for tax season

The IRS announced that tax season will start in late January and that it will issue refunds to taxpayers despite the partial shutdown of the federal government.

PODCAST

Why CPAs can’t wait on automation tools

What do accounting firms waiting on others to develop AI, automation, and data analytics tools have in common with a baseball fan sitting in a stadium filling with water at an exponential rate? The answer could determine your firm’s fate.