The AICPA has issued a very narrow proposal to add a new requirement for successor auditors to discuss suspected fraud and NOCLAR with predecessor auditors if granted permission by management as part of the client acceptance process. This is the first of two blogs addressing new requirements regarding NOCLAR.
The AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board has issued some proposed targeted improvements to guidance on the use of specialists and external pricing sources. The proposal incorporates some PCAOB guidance and provides additional application guidance for AU-C 501, 540 and 620. Comments are due February 4, 2021.
Cryptocurrency is becoming a more recognized transaction with more entities participating in this ecosystem. The AICPA has issued non-authoritative guidance on accounting and auditing digital assets. Current FASB does not have authoritative guidance in this area, so the practice aid addresses some common considerations. In addition, it addresses the questions firms need to address before accepting a client and provides procedures to ensure that digital asset risks are properly identified and an appropriate audit response is performed. We’ll take a high-level look at some of the considerations for those contemplating moving into this area.
The AICPA has issued a proposed SAS to clarify and improve the risk assessment standards. For the past few years, the AICPA has focused its audit quality initiatives on risk assessment. Now that the IAASB has issued a final standard, the AICPA is proposing changes to align with the ISAs but also help firms better understand how to use risk assessment to plan and perform effective and efficient audits. This video blog covers the major changes in the standards. Comments are due November 25th.
This week the Peer Review Board of the AICPA voted to grant a six-month extensions for peer reviews, corrective actions, and implementation plans that had original due dates between January 1 and September 30, 2020. The delays, consistent with other standard setters, are trying to assist firms who are struggling with COVID19. As firms assist clients with obtaining assistance and work to audit in a remote environment, the delay is to provide relief. The additional six months is optional and if a firm and the reviewer are ready and able, they can continue as scheduled. The extension is automatic and does not have to be requested.