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Ethics, acceptance and continuance

2022-09-30T14:53:43+02:00

Ethics, acceptance and continuance 30 September 2022 Ethics is a fundamental concept that needs to be established in an auditing and accounting practice. It cannot merely be given lip service, and should lead to proactively managing the risk of ethical threats and breaches that could inappropriately influence the firm’s compliance with relevant ethical requirements. One of the occasions when ethics may be involved in audit considerations is when deciding whether to accept, or continue with client relationships and engagements. Quality, integrity and independence should be the overriding factors. Firm-level considerations ISQM 1 para 29 [...]

Ethics, acceptance and continuance2022-09-30T14:53:43+02:00

Governance and leadership

2022-09-13T14:29:51+02:00

Governance and leadership Governance and leadership set the tone at a firm, and create the environment in which all the other components of the firm’s system of quality management operate. For a system of quality management to achieve the intended outcomes, firm leadership needs to ensure that quality management requirements and principles are incorporated into all aspects of practice management, including a culture that facilitates proactive and regular self-scrutiny. Firm level considerations ISQM 1 para 28 requires firms to establish the following quality objectives that address the firm’s governance and leadership, and establish the environment [...]

Governance and leadership2022-09-13T14:29:51+02:00

Going concern

2022-06-30T16:02:52+02:00

Newsletter April Significant Risk Assessment Auditors are required to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence regarding the appropriateness of management’s use of the going concern basis of accounting in the preparation of the financial statements, and to determine its impact on the audit report. However, results from monitoring reviews point to a significant documentation gap in the audit working papers when it comes to this important assessment, resulting in inadequate support for conclusions drawn and the opinion expressed. Risk assessment procedures and related activities Risk assessment procedures performed during the planning phase of the audit include [...]

Going concern2022-06-30T16:02:52+02:00

Audit Procedures – Related Parties

2022-06-30T16:03:01+02:00

Audit procedures - Related Parties In certain sections of our monthly newsletters, we may address audit procedures to provide guidance in a format that provides easy reference on engagements. The guidance provided is not exhaustive, and is intended to share observations from real cases of deficiencies on engagement files. Background Over the years, Related Parties has developed as a section of the audit that requires detailed attention. As the required procedures have been modified over time, I believe that the real objective of testing related parties has become unclear. Dependent on the risk and circumstances [...]

Audit Procedures – Related Parties2022-06-30T16:03:01+02:00

Data Protection

2021-12-06T12:49:50+02:00

Data Protection Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, many auditors and their clients have been working remotely, resulting in much more client data being exchanged on technological platforms. Not all platforms are secure, which creates a greater threat of data security breaches. The damage caused by data breaches is unpredictable and audit firms may incur considerable losses in this regard. Audit firms should, therefore, take all the necessary steps to protect the data they process, including personal information processed, in terms of the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013. Professional requirements The International Standard on Quality Control 1 (ISQC [...]

Data Protection2021-12-06T12:49:50+02:00

Significant Risk Assessment

2021-09-19T17:16:27+02:00

Newsletter April Significant Risk Assessment Risk assessment is a crucial step during any audit, and involves a great deal of judgment by the auditor, especially when it comes to determining which of the risks identified are significant. Many auditors grapple with this, and end up simply including the presumed significant risks of revenue recognition and management override of controls, per ISA 315 and 240, instead of truly applying their mind to the circumstances of each audit client and adequately justifying the risk assessment on file. This article attempts to break this important assessment down into simple [...]

Significant Risk Assessment2021-09-19T17:16:27+02:00

Auditing of Compliance with Financial Reporting Frameworks – The Presentation Assertion

2021-02-22T13:59:41+02:00

Auditing of Compliance with Financial Reporting Frameworks – the Presentation Assertion Audit regulators are reporting that financial statement disclosure deficiencies have increased substantially over the past few years. It is crucial for auditors to realise that they need to have a sound understanding of the financial reporting framework applied by the entity and perform thorough audit procedures to determine whether the financial reporting framework has been correctly applied. This does not merely require the completion of a disclosure checklist, but also the verification of recognition and measurement, in terms of the financial reporting framework and reporting responsibilities placed [...]

Auditing of Compliance with Financial Reporting Frameworks – The Presentation Assertion2021-02-22T13:59:41+02:00

Newsflash: IFAC Practice transformation action plan

2020-06-22T16:58:02+02:00

Newsflash: IFAC Practice transformation action plan Welcome to the Fast-Future We will not recognise the accountancy profession in the next 10 years. Actually, the fact of the matter is that it will probably be in the next five years. —Barry Melancon, President & CEO, American Institute of CPAs and CEO, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants We live in a dynamic, fast-paced world. Accenture predicted that advances in robotics would automate, or eliminate 40% of basic accounting roles by 2020. Within 10 years, robots [...]

Newsflash: IFAC Practice transformation action plan2020-06-22T16:58:02+02:00

Newsflash: COVID-19 and force majeure

2020-06-22T08:45:46+02:00

Newsflash: COVID-19 and force majeure Will the coronavirus (COVID-19) constitute a force majeure event under South African law? The answer to that is that it depends on the circumstances. The virus has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation and is causing unprecedented economic chaos internationally, owing to the closure of businesses and consequent disruption of global supply chains. On a local level, it is disrupting retailers, restaurants, service providers such as taxi services, and local businesses. These disruptions may make it [...]

Newsflash: COVID-19 and force majeure2020-06-22T08:45:46+02:00

Subsequent events – COVID

2020-05-20T15:29:40+02:00

SUBSEQUENT EVENTS – The Topic We All Jumped to with the COVID Virus Lockdown, without Reading the Standard Subsequent events — the topic we all jumped to when the COVID-19 virus hit and the lockdown became a reality. How difficult can it be? Look at your adjusting and non-adjusting events and move on. And, of course, this strategy may be applied to all engagements not completed yet. Thank God, you say, the completed engagements have fallen outside the net. Not true. A scenario which was seldom relevant in the past, and hardly ever received any attention, has now hit us without us [...]

Subsequent events – COVID2020-05-20T15:29:40+02:00

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