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AUD - Notes Chapter 2 http://cpacfa.blogspot.com Quality Control Standards The five interrelated elements of quality control are: A – Acceptance and continuance of client’s engagement I – Independence, integrity and objectivity C – Continuous monitoring P – Personnel management A – Assurance regarding engagement performance Acceptance and continuance of clients and engagements • Considers the risk associated with clients (don’t accept a client whose mgmt lacks integrity) • Undertakes only those engagements that the firm can reasonably expect to complete with professional care Independence, integrity and objectivity • Policies and procedures which help maintain personnel independence in fact and appearance • Lead partner and the reviewing partner must rotate off the audit every five years • Routine tax return preparation, tax planning and employee personal tax services are allowed under Sarbanes-Oxley but must be approved by the audit committee in writing Continuous monitoring • What the title implies Peer review - One CPA firm reviews another CPA firms quality control system, occurs every 3 years for a CPA firm that is a member of the AICPA. - Purpose is to determine and report whether CPA firm being reviewed has developed adequate policies and procedures for quality control and they are following them - Upon completion, a report is issued with conclusions and recommendations Personnel Management • Criteria for hiring, assignment of the firms personnel to engagements, professional development and advancement Assurance regarding engagement performance • Policies and procedures that assure that the engagement work meets professional standards, regulatory requirements, and the firms own standards of quality GAAS relate to the conduct of each individual engagement, whereas quality control relate to the conduct of all professional activities of the firms practice as a whole The quality control standards of a firm affect both the performance of each audit and the performance of the audit practice as a whole Deficiencies in a firm’s quality control do not necessarily mean/indicate a lack of GAAS compliance. Other Engagements, Reports and Accounting Services Auditing standards have restricted special reports to the following 5 areas 1. OCBOA – use of other comprehensive basis of accounting F/S (cash basis, price-level adjusted F/S) The use of non-GAAP requires the auditor to issue either a qualified or adverse opinion unless the non-GAAP method is an OCBOA (in which case an unqualified opinion is appropriate) 1 AUD - Notes Chapter 2 http://cpacfa.blogspot.com 2. Specific elements, accounts or items of a F/S – The auditor expresses an opinion on each of the specified elements, if the element is far-reaching or pervasive (NI, STK EQ, or any item based thereon) the auditor must audit the complete set of financial statements. A piecemeal opinion may be expressed if the items do not constitute a major portion of the F/S. A piecemeal opinion cannot be issued if the auditor has expressed a disclaimer or adverse opinion. 3. Issue special report on a clients compliance with contractual agreements or regulatory requirements Auditor must have audited the F/S and may only issue negative assurance. Cannot be issued if the auditor has expressed a disclaimer or adverse opinion. Limitedly distributed 4. Special purpose financial presentations to comply with contractual agreements or regulatory provisions 5. Financial information presented in prescribed forms or schedules – the auditor may attest to the fairness on financial information presented in prescribed forms such as loan applications or regulatory filings. The auditor may make modifications to an unqualified special report by adding an explanatory paragraph after the opinion paragraph Compilation and Review of Financial Statements CPA’s can perform two levels of service (compilation and review) with respect to unaudited F/S of a non-public company. Compilation engagement – No assurance or opinion. CPA does not perform any audit or review procedures. A Review – Limited (negative) assurance. CPA performs inquiry and analytical procedures When a CPA performs more than one service (such as complication and an audit) the CPA should issue a report that is appropriate for the highest level of service rendered. An engagement letter is recommended but not required Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services – pronouncements issued by the accounting and review services committee of the AICPA A compilation engagement may involve compiling and reporting on only one financial statement The compilation engagement report should include: ALARD A – Statement that a compilation has been performed in accordance with SSARS issued by the AICPA L – Statement that a compilation is limited to presenting, in the form of F/S, information that is the representation of mgmt A – Statement that the accountant has not audited the F/S R – Statement that the accountant has not reviewed the F/S D – Disclaimer of opinion and a statement that the accountant gives no assurance on the F/S You’re A LARD when all you do is compile F/S Compiled F/S that omit GAAP disclosures are acceptable if: • Reason for omission was not to deceive user • Compilation report warns user of missing disclosures Compilation with limited disclosures are labeled “Selected Information – Substantially All Disclosures Required By GAAP Are Not Included” 2 AUD - Notes Chapter 2 http://cpacfa.blogspot.com An opinion, even qualified or adverse, requires and audit. When an accountant performing a compilation or review becomes aware of a GAAP departure, the report should be modified or the CPA with withdraw from the engagement. An opinion would not be expressed An accountant who submits unaudited F/S to the client that are not expected to be used by a third party may use an engagement letter rather than a compilation report Review of F/S – a higher level of service than compilation because it results in an expression of limited assurance. Reviews include inquiry and analytical procedures. However, no required to obtain an understanding of internal control or assess control risk An auditor is required to perform these in a Review: U – Understanding with client must be established L – Learn and or obtain sufficient knowledge of the entity’s business I – Inquires A – Analytical procedures R – Review, other procedures C – Client representation letter required from mgmt (don’t need with a compilation) P – Professional judgement should be used A – Auditor should communicate results The objective of a review of financial information is to determine whether material modifications are necessary for the information to be in conformity with GAAP. Not required to communicate with predecessor auditor Make inquires of internal personnel, not external people or entities. Client representation letter from mgmt is required which covers all F/S’s and periods covered by the review report Audit test work, including testing internal controls, is not performed The accountants report in a review engagement should include: A – the review has been performed in accordance with SSARS standards established by the AICPA M – All F/S information is the representation of mgmt I – a review consists principally of inquiries of company personnel A – a review consists of analytical procedures applied to financial data S – a review is substantially less in scope than an audit N – no opinion is expressed M – accountant is not aware of any material modifications that should be made to the F/S in order for them to be in conformity with GAAP AM I A SNM Reporting on Comparative F/S When the continuing auditor performs a higher level of service (service upgrade) in the current period, the report on the prior period should be updated and issued as the last paragraph of the current period’s report Downgrade in service (last yr we reviewed, this yr we compile). Issue a compilation report and add a paragraph to describe prior period responsibility assumed. Or issue both a review report and compilation report 3 AUD - Notes Chapter 2 http://cpacfa.blogspot.com Whenever prior accountants are asked to reissue a prior report (audit, review or compilation) they should reas the new F/S and obtain a representation letter from the new accountant Reporting when one period is audited • Reissue the prior period report, or • Include an additional paragraph in the current report describing the responsibility assumed for the prior period statements Review of Interim Financial Information In an initial review of interim financial information, the accountant should make inquires of the predecessor auditor, and if allowed, review the predecessor’s documentation Inquiry of clients lawyer is not required but may be appropriate in certain circumstances Going concern is not required but may be appropriate Likely misstatement – best estimate of the total misstatement in an account balance or class of transactions. The accountant should: • Accumulate all such estimates for further evaluation • Consider that the aggregated effect of several immaterial misstatements • Evaluate potential effect on current and future periods A review of interim F/S of a public company is conducted in accordance with AICPA auditing standards not SSARS Should modify their report if, during the review, they become aware of a departure from GAAP Going concern no modification if disclosed Lack of Consistency no modification if disclosed Letters for Underwriters A comfort letter is a letter from the CPA to the named underwriter. It covers the period from the date of the last auditors’ report to the “effective date” of the registration. When a comfort letter is issued, the CPA is required to perform a review of interim financial information in accordance with auditing standards To obtain a comfort letter, parties other than the names underwriter must provide the CPA with an attorney’s opinion or representation letter, confirming that such a party has a “due diligence defense” Comments in a comfort letter a limited to: • Financial info expressed in dollars, and • Financial info derived from accounting records A comfort letter is solely to assist the underwriters in conducting and documenting their investigation of the company in connection with the offering Provide positive assurance on: 4 AUD - Notes Chapter 2 http://cpacfa.blogspot.com • CPA’s independence • Compliance of the F/S with the SEC Act, assuming the F/S are audited Provide negative assurance on: • Unaudited F/S – if a review has not been performed, procedures performed and findings obtained should be listed • Changes in selected financial information during subsequent period • Whether non-financial data in the registration statement complies with regulation S-K Attest Engagements Attest engagements – CPA is engaged to issue or does issue an examination, a review, or an agreed-upon procedures report on subject matter, or an assertion that is the responsibility of another party (usually mgmt). Major attest services: • Agreed-upon procedures • Financial forecasts and projections • Pro forma F/S • Internal control over financial reporting The following standards apply to services a CPA may offer: Audit engagements – SAS (Statements on Auditing Standards) Compilation and review engagements – SSARS (Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services) Attest engagements – SSAE (Statements on Standards for Attest Engagements) SSAE does not apply to: • Providing consulting/advisory services • Operational audits (usually performed by internal auditors) There are 11 attestation standards: TIPPY PE ACRS General Standards – TIPPY T – Training and proficiency I – Independence P – Performance/due professional care in planning and performance P – Professional knowledge of subject matter Y – Your belief that the assertion and the criteria is objective, measurable and complete Field work Standards – PE P – Planning and supervision E – Evidence to provide reasonable basis for the conclusion Reporting Standards – ACRS A – Assertion or subject matter should be identified C – Conclusions should be expressed R – Reservations or unresolved issues should be disclosed S – Statement restricting use of the report to specified parties should be included (if necessary) Agreed-upon procedures – CPA is engaged to issue a report of findings based on specific agreed upon procedures (example is mutual fund performance). Agreed upon procedures may be performed is the following conditions exist: I – Independence of the practitioner A – Agreement of the parties M – Measurability and consistency 5 AUD - Notes Chapter 2 http://cpacfa.blogspot.com S – Sufficiency of the procedures U – Use of the report is restricted to the specified parties R – Responsibility for the subject matter rests with the client E – Engagements to perform agreed upon procedures on prospective financial statements I AM SURE you can perform these agreed upon procedures Financial forecasts – the expected financial results of a future period, based on expected conditions (i.e. budget) Financial projection – financial results based on a “what if” scenario, based on hypothetical assumptions Forecasts and projections are two types of prospective F/S. Pro forma F/S are different, because it shows what past financial results of an expired period would have been if something had been different. Only a financial forecast is appropriate for general use. While both, forecasts and projections are appropriate for limited use. Compilation of prospective F/S – the proper assembling of financial data based on the party’s assumptions • No assurance of any kind given • The practitioner is not required to gather supporting evidence • Significant assumptions must be disclosed otherwise cannot issue compilation 6

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