Core Auditing Standards for Practitioners. + website

  • ID: 2616917
  • Book
  • 196 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Core Auditing Standards for Practitioners is a highly practical guide to the key ISAs that practitioners really need to understand in order to perform efficient and profitable audits, along with the recently revised ISAs that cause practitioners most concern. These ISAs are the ones that underpin audit methodologies and the ones that audit inspectors regularly pick auditors up on; this guide looks at what regulators around the world have to say about them.  Understanding the rationale for these ISAs, and how they fit together, are what practitioners need to do to make sure that their processes, procedures and documentation are as lean as they can be. This guide will enable practitioners to tailor methodologies confidently by removing redundancies and inefficiencies whilst maintaining full compliance with the standards. 

Key features include: 

  • Notes on observations on compliance with the relevant ISAs by several different regulators;
  • Numerous down–to–earth illustrations of the application of the more complex ISA requirements;
  • Practical guidance on what standards say, and the issues practitioners experience in applying them, to enable practitioners to form high–quality, robust and independent judgements with a thorough grounding in the ISAs to serve in discussions with file reviewers and audit inspectors.

The many practical examples will appeal to auditors with technical responsibilities within smaller and medium–sized firms particularly those who have responsibility for audit methodologies as well as to practitioners with overall responsibility for the conduct of audits.  Additional coverage is given to topics including smaller audits, the effect of dominant owner–managers and management override of controls, documenting audit judgements, and dealing with accounting estimates and written representations.

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Introduction 1

1 Smaller Entity Audits 5

1.1 The Issues 5

1.2 What the Regulators Say 7

1.3 What Practitioners Say 7

1.4 What the Standards Say 8

2 Materiality 19

2.1 The Issues 19

2.2 What the Regulators Say 20

2.3 What Practitioners Say 22

2.4 What the Standards Say 24

3 Related Parties 37

3.1 The Issues 37

3.2 What the Regulators Say 40

3.3 What Practitioners Say 41

3.4 What the Standards Say 44

4 Get This Right and the Rest Falls into Place: Understanding the Entity and Assessing Risk 47

4.1 The Issues 47

4.2 What the Regulators Say 51

4.3 What Practitioners Say 53

4.4 What the Standards Say 55

5 Really Efficient Audits: What Sort of Evidence Do I Really Need? 83

5.1 The Issues 83

5.2 What the Regulators Say 84

5.3 What Practitioners Say 85

5.4 What the Standards Say 87

6 Fraud 99

6.1 The Issues 99

6.2 What the Regulators Say 103

6.3 What Practitioners Say 105

6.4 What the Standard Says 112

7 Communications with Those Charged with Governance 121

7.1 The Issues 121

7.2 What the Regulators Say 125

7.3 What Practitioners Say 126

7.4 What the Standard Says 126

8 Group Audits 141

8.1 The Issues 141

8.2 What the Regulators Say 143

8.3 What Practitioners Say 146

8.4 What the Standards Say 150

9 Other Things Good Auditors Need to Know About ISAs 159

9.1 Other Good Things The Issues 159

9.2 ISA 230 on Documentation The Issues 159

9.3 Documentation What the Regulators Say 160

9.4 Documentation What Practitioners Say 160

9.5 Documentation What the Standards Say 161

9.6 ISA 501 on Additional Considerations for Specific Items The Issues 164

9.7 Inventory What the Regulators Say 164

9.8 Inventory What Practitioners Say 164

9.9 ISA 510 on Initial Engagements and Opening Balances The Issues 168

9.10 Initial Engagements What the Regulators Say 168

9.11 Initial Engagements What Practitioners Say 168

9.12 Initial Engagements What the Standards Say 169

9.13 ISA 530 on Audit Sampling The Issues 170

9.14 Audit Sampling What the Regulators Say 170

9.15 Audit Sampling What Practitioners Say 170

9.16 Audit Sampling What the Standards Say 171

9.17 ISA 540 on Accounting Estimates The Issues 173

9.18 Accounting Estimates What the Regulators Say 173

9.19 Accounting Estimates What Practitioners Say 174

9.20 Accounting Estimates What the Standards Say 174

9.21 ISA 560 on Subsequent Events The Issues 181

9.22 Subsequent Events What the Regulators Say 181

9.23 Subsequent Events What Practitioners Say 181

9.24 Subsequent Events What the Standards Say 181

Index 185

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Katharine Bagshaw, London, UK has 20 years of experience as a technical specialist in ISAs and wrote some of the first UK training materials on ISAs in the mid–1990s. Since 2000, Katharine has worked for ICAEW′s Audit and Assurance Faculty with responsibility for ICAEW′s extensive ISA Implementation program. She is currently Secretary to its ISA Implementation group and to ICAEW′s PCAOB Panel. She is also Technical Adviser to a UK representative on IFAC′s SMP Committee and has written numerous articles for the professional press.

John Selwood, Canterbury, UK is a Chartered Accountant and independent training consultant, who lectures for major accountancy practices, professional bodies, training companies and publishers.  He speaks on money laundering, company law, auditing and financial reporting and is a well–known on face the lecture circuit. He is a member of ICAEW s Audit and Assurance Faculty′s Practitioner Services Committee and has been involved with presenting and writing the material for the Audit & Assurance and Financial Reporting Faculty′s roadshows for almost a decade. He writes regularly for Audit & Beyond.

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