By Boris Michels, Andrew Jones and Prof Dr Michel De Wolf, GGI ARC Practice Group
The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) seeks to further understand the challenges of using ISAs in audits of less complex entities – and views about possible actions to address these challenges. It recognises the global call for action to address issues of complexity, length, understandability, scalability, and proportionality related to using the International Standards on Auditing. Continuing the debate on these strategic issues, the IAASB published a Discussion Paper in order to get views of various stakeholders on how to support auditors working in this increasingly evolving environment.
By Prof Dr Michel De Wolf, DGST Réviseurs d’entreprises
As you may know, IOSCO and its worldwide “monitoring group” overseeing the world audit and ethical standard setting process, are focusing on audit standards for public-interest entities, with no interest for “SMEs”. This is, of course, of special concern for all non-Big-Four audit practices. Meanwhile, IAASB is launching a project around the question of the scalability of ISAs, which could lead to an “ISA for SME”.
By Jeffrey A. Ford, Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP
Much confusion exists regarding the capitalisation of software implementation costs, whether developed for internal use, purchased, licensed or incurred in a cloud computing arrangement. Examples of software for internal use include ERP, CRM and many other systems. This article does not apply to software for resale or for use in R&D.
By Tom Parry, Navolio & Tallman LLP
The Risk Assessment Standards were issued in 2006. However, based on recent peer review data, it appears that many auditors continue to struggle with implementation.
By Jeff Bathurst, SC&H Group
Today, technology is an element of nearly every business, which means every business on earth needs a practical cybersecurity plan. If you collect confidential data or utilise cloud technology, that information is potentially vulnerable. But fear isn’t the answer – preparation is.
By Anders Hübertz Mortensen and Mads Anker Jensen, Dansk Revision Randers
During the autumn of 2018, one of our clients asked us if we could facilitate an audit tender for them. Their current solution in Germany and Switzerland was, for a number of reasons, unsatisfactory, due mainly to the fact they did not feel anyone had taken the responsibility as group auditor. This made the yearend process slow and frustrating. For historical issues, our firm has a strong position in the group. They still wanted our company, Dansk Revision Randers (Denmark), to be the auditor for the Danish entity but wanted a change for the rest.
By Dr Thomas Geiger, Munkert & Partner Steuerberater Wirtschaftsprüfer Rechtsanwälte GbR
Starting with the current busy season, the wording of audit opinions for non-PIEs will be significantly different from the previously issued auditor’s opinions in Germany.
By Helmut Havenith, Audit Central SARL
Part II of a two-part series
The respect of ISA600 on group audits has become a focus of the regulators of the profession. Having discussed last time on consolidated financial statements hereafter a few more lines on the standard.
By Ufuk Doğruer, Financial Axis Independent Audit & Consulting Inc
What is ‘Occupational Fraud’? ‘Occupational fraud’ occurs if the top management, employees or third parties are deliberately engaged in fraudulent behaviours in order to provide benefits. The fraudulent forms of movement aimed at providing unfair gains can be realised in many different forms.
By André Henrique Gaspar de Oliveira and Luísa Zanini da Fontoura, Maciel Auditores
Over the years, auditing has retained its significance in public finance and, as such, Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) 1 receive constitutional recognition in many countries around the world, including Brazil. Although it has been argued that Brazil suffers from serious accountability deficits, here, as watchdogs of public finances, the auditors act to enforce accountability of executive agencies to national and state legislatures and through them to the general public.