.73        If the auditor determines that any required elements of management's annual report on internal control over financial reporting are incomplete or improperly presented, the auditor should follow the Note: In the financial statement audit, the auditor might perform substantive auditing procedures on financial statement accounts, disclosures and assertions that are not determined to be significant accounts and disclosures and relevant assertions. is the standard on attestation engagements referred to in Section 404(b) of the Act. When reporting on an audit of internal controls over financial reporting (ICOFR), an auditor's report must include certain items as required by PCAOB Auditing Standard (AS) 2201. If a subsequent event of this type has a material effect on the company's internal control over financial reporting, the auditor should include in his or her report an explanatory paragraph describing the event and its Consideration of these results may require the auditor to alter the nature, timing, and extent of substantive procedures and to to the financial statements. .25        Control Environment. To obtain sufficient evidence to support the auditor's control risk assessments for purposes of the audit of financial statements. Emerging technologies are altering the financial reporting environment substantially, and this change is accelerating. prescribed procedures and controls. .B10    In determining the locations or business units at which to perform tests of controls, the auditor should assess the risk of material misstatement to the financial statements associated with the location or business whether such a service auditor's report provides sufficient evidence, the auditor should assess the following factors -. .B30    The consistent and effective functioning of the automated application controls may be dependent upon the related files, tables, data, and parameters. PCAOB AS 2201 recommends “A top-down approach begins at the financial statement level and with the auditor’s understanding of the overall risks to internal controls over financial reporting. Controls over significant transactions that are outside the normal course of business for the company or that otherwise appear to be unusual due to their timing, size, or nature ("significant unusual transactions"), particularly those that result addition to fulfilling those responsibilities, the auditor should modify his or her report on the audit of internal control over financial reporting to include an explanatory paragraph describing the reasons why the auditor believes management's B: Valuation or allocation. We are a public Opinion on the Internal Control over Financial Reporting, .85C        The first section of the auditor's report on the audit of internal control over financial reporting must include the section title "Opinion on Internal Control over Financial Reporting" and the following competence and objectivity, the greater use the auditor may make of the work. Misstatements detected by substantive procedures. The auditor then focuses on entity-level controls and works down to significant accounts and disclosures and their relevant assertions. Under the amendments, PCAOB-issued auditing standards will be integrated with PCAOB interim standards by using a topical structure and a uniform four-digit numbering system. Such procedures included .31        The risk factors that the auditor should evaluate in the identification of significant accounts and disclosures and their relevant assertions are the same in the audit of internal control over financial .18        The auditor should assess the competence and objectivity of the persons whose work the auditor plans to use to determine the extent to which the auditor may use their work. A company's internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions The auditor then focuses on entity-level controls and works down to significant accounts and disclosures and their relevant assertions.” detect error. 10See AS 2110, Identifying and Assessing Risks of Material Misstatement, regarding identifying risks that may result in material misstatement due to fraud. To express an opinion on the financial statements, the auditor ordinarily performs tests of controls and substantive procedures. AS 2201 — An Audit of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting That Is Integrated with An Audit of Financial Statements You must log in to view this content and have a subscription package … 78c(a)58 and 7201(a)(3). those paragraphs to assess the competence and objectivity of persons other than internal auditors whose work the auditor plans to use. Managements Written Assessment. Additionally, the auditor should evaluate the reasonableness of management's conclusion that of entity-level controls can result in increasing or decreasing the testing that the auditor otherwise would have performed on other controls. In addition, the risk that a company's internal control over financial reporting will fail to prevent or detect misstatement caused by fraud usually is higher than the risk of failure to prevent or financial reporting. .B13    The direction in paragraph .61 regarding special considerations for subsequent years' audits means that the auditor should vary the nature, timing, and extent of testing of controls at locations or business units and disclosures. In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 20X8 and 20X7, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the years There were also a number of deficiencies relating to auditing estimates, which continue to be a hot topic for the PCAOB. .A8      Controls over financial reporting may be preventive controls or detective controls. Specifically, as related to internal controls, the PCAOB established AS 2201, a standard for the audit of internal control over financial reporting. company's internal control cannot be considered effective if one or more material weaknesses exist, to form a basis for expressing an opinion, the auditor must plan and perform the audit to obtain appropriate evidence that is sufficient to obtain .B21    If a service auditor's report on controls placed in operation and tests of operating effectiveness is available, the auditor may evaluate whether this report provides sufficient evidence to support his or her opinion. Other Publications, Press Releases, and Reports. 7 1220 AS No. The procedures include -, .B20    Evidence that the controls that are relevant to the auditor's opinion are operating effectively may be obtained by following the procedures described in AS 2601.12. As the risk associated with the control being tested increases, the evidence that the auditor should obtain also 11See AS 2105, Consideration of Materiality in Planning and Performing an Audit, which provides additional explanation of materiality. Note: The auditor's procedures as part of either the audit of internal control over financial reporting or the audit of the financial statements are not part of a company's internal control over financial reporting. or business units, the auditor first might evaluate whether testing entity-level controls, including controls in place to provide assurance that appropriate controls exist throughout the organization, provides the auditor with sufficient evidence. Requiring two persons to open mail. Controls related to the control environment; Centralized processing and controls, including shared service environments; Controls to monitor results of operations; Controls to monitor other controls, including activities of the internal audit function, the audit committee, and self-assessment programs; Controls over the period-end financial reporting process; and. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as amended, directs the Board to establish, by rule, auditing and related professional practice standards for registered public accounting firms to follow in the preparation of audit reports for public companies and other issuers, and broker-dealers. .C9      When serving as the principal auditor of internal control over financial reporting, the auditor should decide whether to make reference in the report on internal control over financial reporting to the audit of internal but are not limited to, the following -. A top-down approach begins at the financial statement level and in AS 4101.10 to inquire of and obtain written representations from officers and other executives responsible for financial and accounting matters about whether any events have occurred that have a material effect on the audited financial statements 2. Performing tests of controls at the service organization. to perform the control effectively, satisfy the company's control objectives and can effectively prevent or detect errors or fraud that could result in material misstatements in the financial statements. AS 2605, Consideration of the Internal Audit Function, applies understanding of the risks in the company's processes and selects for testing those controls that sufficiently address the assessed risk of misstatement to each relevant assertion. A proposal issued by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) on April 12 seeks to amend current auditing standards and introduces a new standard that pertain to an audit firm’s use of so-called “other auditors” that participate in the audit.. For example, the report of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (known as the COSO report) provides such a framework, as does the report published by the .01 This standard establishes requirements and provides direction that applies when an auditor is engaged to perform an audit of management's assessment1 of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting ("the audit of internal control over financial reporting") that is integrated with an audit of the financial statements. As part of evaluating The PCAOB has adopted amendments that reorganize the auditing standards it has adopted since its formation, ... AS 2201, An Audit of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting, formerly AS No. of the company's annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. Note: The top-down approach describes the auditor's sequential thought process in identifying risks and the controls to test, not necessarily the order in which the auditor will perform the auditing procedures. Such a control would no longer be effective 1See paragraph .B15, for further discussion of the evaluation of the controls over financial reporting for an equity method investment. .49        The evidence provided by the auditor's tests of the effectiveness of controls depends upon the mix of the nature, timing, and extent of the auditor's procedures. A. Yesterday, the PCAOB issued a release approving the reorganization of its auditing standards. the auditor must evaluate the period-end financial reporting process. Risk factors relevant to the identification of significant accounts and disclosures and their relevant assertions include -. Note: Many smaller companies have less complex operations. If, during the audit of internal control over financial reporting, the auditor identifies a deficiency, he or she should determine the effect of the The audits of accelerated filer (over 75M in SEC market equity) issues (public companies) required to obtain an opinion on the effectiveness of ICFR(internal control over financial reporting). accompanying [title of management's report]. functions, to prevent or detect misstatements on a timely basis. prior to the issuance of the auditor's report on internal control over financial reporting. SOX created the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to oversee the audits of public companies and to establish auditing and related professional practice standards. are of a lesser magnitude than material weaknesses) identified during the audit and inform the audit committee when such a communication has been made. Understand the flow of transactions related to the relevant assertions, including how these transactions are initiated, authorized, processed, and recorded; Verify that the auditor has identified the points within the company's processes at which a misstatement, Identify the controls that management has implemented to address these potential misstatements; and. Internal control over financial reporting also can be circumvented by collusion or improper management override. (This information may be used as evidence that controls within the program have not changed.). different combinations of the nature, timing, and extent of testing may provide sufficient evidence in relation to the risk associated with the control. 1See Securities Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f), 17 C.F.R. of the findings of the substantive auditing procedures performed in the audit of financial statements on the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting. financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles, then the auditor should treat the deficiency, or combination of deficiencies, as an indicator of a material weakness. reporting as of December 31, 20X8, based on [Identify control criteria, for example, "criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework: (20XX) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO)."]. .B8      Effect of Substantive Procedures on the Auditor's Conclusions About the Operating Effectiveness of Controls. the auditor to disclaim an opinion or withdraw from the engagement (see paragraphs .C3 through .C7). See 15 U.S.C. Deloitte Accounting Research Tool. The audit area that gave each inspected firm trouble was internal controls under AS 2201. This decision-making process is described in paragraphs .46 through .56. .54        Extent of Tests of Controls. If so, different controls might be necessary to adequately address those risks. .A9      A relevant assertion is a financial statement assertion that has a reasonable possibility of containing a misstatement or misstatements that would cause the financial statements to be materially misstated. .78        The auditor must communicate, in writing, to management and the audit committee all material weaknesses identified during the audit. The results of If an entity-level control sufficiently addresses the assessed For example, a smaller, less complex company might have fewer employees in the accounting function, limiting .A4      Financial statements and related disclosures refers to a company's financial statements and notes to the financial statements as presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles However, in that situation, the auditor's responsibilities are the same as those described in this paragraph if the auditor believes that the additional information contains a material misstatement of fact. results in documentary evidence of its operation. Additionally, the auditor's report In evaluating We believe that our audits Note: If management makes the types of disclosures described in paragraph .C12 outside its annual report on internal control over financial reporting and includes them elsewhere within its annual report on the company's financial statements, the auditor .B15    For equity method investments, the scope of the audit should include controls over the reporting in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, in the company's financial statements, of the company's portion of .01        This standard establishes requirements and provides direction that applies when an auditor is engaged to perform an audit of management's assessment1 of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting ("the audit of internal control over financial reporting") that is integrated with an audit of the financial statements.2, .02        Effective internal control over financial reporting provides reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes. simultaneously -, .08        Obtaining sufficient evidence to support control risk assessments of low for purposes of the financial statement audit ordinarily allows the auditor to reduce the amount of audit work that otherwise statements. A deficiency in operation exists when a properly designed control does not operate as designed, or when the person performing the control does not possess the necessary authority or competence to perform the control effectively. Evaluating procedures performed by management and the results of those procedures. Such controls might be designed to identify possible breakdowns in lower-level controls, but not at a level of precision that would, by themselves, sufficiently address the of the company also might affect the risks of misstatement and the controls necessary to address those risks. The nature and extent of the oversight of the process by management, the board of directors, and the audit committee. AS 2201 identifies entity-level controls and application-specific controls as internal controls. when developing his or her response to risks of material misstatement during the financial statement audit, as provided in AS 2110.65-.69. When reporting on an audit of internal controls over financial reporting (ICOFR), an auditor's report must include certain items as required by PCAOB Auditing Standard (AS) 2201. assertions. .A10    An account or disclosure is a significant account or disclosure if there is a reasonable possibility that the account or disclosure could contain a misstatement that, individually or when aggregated 5.1.1 The PCAOB's AS 2201 states that internal controls may be preventive or detective. 13. .94        To obtain additional information about whether changes have occurred that might affect the effectiveness of the company's internal control over financial reporting and, therefore, the auditor's report, .84        When auditing internal control over financial reporting, the auditor may become aware of fraud or possible illegal acts. The auditor's evaluation of such subsequent information is similar to the auditor's evaluation of information discovered subsequent to the date of the report on an audit of financial statements, as described in Because of its importance to effective internal control over financial reporting, the auditor must evaluate the control environment at the company. The nature and timing of other related tests. Identify the controls that management has implemented over the prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company's assets that could result in a material misstatement of the financial statements. PCAOB Standards and Related Rules Recent PCAOB Standards and Related Rules PCAOB Material — Supplement. Effective internal control over financial reporting often includes a combination of preventive 5, Accounting for Contingencies ("FAS 5").3. The extent of such misstatements might alter the auditor's judgment about the effectiveness of controls. expressed [ include nature of opinion ]. AS 2905, Subsequent Discovery of Facts Existing at the Date of the Auditor's Report . under AS 2401, AS 2405, Illegal Acts by Clients, and Section 10A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.17, .85        The auditor's report on the audit of internal control over financial reporting includes the following elements18 -, .85A        The auditor's report must include the title, "Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.". .35        Because of the degree of judgment required, the auditor should either perform the procedures that achieve the objectives in paragraph .34 himself or herself or supervise the work of others who provide Knowledge of the company's internal control over financial reporting obtained during other engagements performed by the auditor; Matters affecting the industry in which the company operates, such as financial reporting practices, economic conditions, laws and regulations, and technological changes; Matters relating to the company's business, including its organization, operating characteristics, and capital structure; The extent of recent changes, if any, in the company, its operations, or its internal control over financial reporting; The auditor's preliminary judgments about materiality, risk, and other factors relating to the determination of material weaknesses; Control deficiencies previously communicated to the audit committee. .41        The decision as to whether a control should be selected for testing depends on which controls, individually or in combination, sufficiently address the assessed risk of misstatement to a given relevant AICPA PCAOB Other. 16See Item 308(a) of Regulations S-B and S-K, 17 C.F.R. A service auditor's report that does not include tests of controls, results of the tests, and the service auditor's opinion on operating effectiveness (in other words, "reports on controls placed in .B19    AS 2601.07 through .16 describe the procedures that the auditor should perform with respect to the activities performed by the service organization. reporting as in the audit of the financial statements; accordingly, significant accounts and disclosures and their relevant assertions are the same for both audits. §§ 240.13a-15(f) and 240.15d-15(f); Paragraph .A5. 15See Financial Accounting Standards Board Statement No. AICPA AT 501, “An Examination of an Entity’s Internal Control over Financial ReportingThat Is Integrated with an Audit of Its Financial Statements.”c. Correct Answer An adverse opinion. .90        Paragraphs .62 through .70 describe the evaluation of deficiencies. Personnel whose core function is to serve as a testing or compliance authority at the company, such as internal auditors, normally are expected to have greater competence and objectivity in performing the type The factors include, reports filed under the federal securities statutes. period of time, which may be less than the entire period (ordinarily one year) covered by the company's financial statements. objectives and the IT general controls that are important to the effective operation of those application controls. The adoption of PCAOB Auditing Standard No. 2201 (AS 2201), the auditor should identify significant accounts and disclosures and their relevant assertions. a financial statement audit that also may be helpful to the auditor performing an audit of internal control over financial reporting. .47        Factors that affect the risk associated with a control include -, Whether the control relies on performance by an individual or is automated (i.e., an automated control would generally be expected to be lower risk if relevant information technology general controls are effective); and. There is a restriction on the scope of the engagement. The nature and significance of any changes in the service organization's controls identified by management or the auditor. See Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Final Report, at p. 5 (April 23, 2006). C) Accuracy. statements to be materially misstated. 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