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SAS No. 131 Issued by AICPA Auditing Standards Board

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Auditing Standards Board has issued Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 131, Amendment to Statement on Auditing Standards No. 122 Section 700, Forming an Opinion and Reporting on Financial Statements (AICPA, Professional Standards, AU-C sec. 700). SAS No. 131 provides clarity in regard to the format of the auditor’s report that must be issued when an audit is performed in accordance with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) standards, but is outside of the PCAOB’s jurisdiction. In such cases, SAS No. 131 says that the auditor is required to do the. Read More.

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Exposure Draft for Proposed SSAE on Internal Controls Issued

An exposure draft on proposed Statement on Standards for Attestation Agreements (SSAE), Reporting on an Examination of Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to User Entities’ Internal Control Over Financial Reporting: Clarification and Recodification has been issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Auditing Standards Board (“the Board”). Issued as part of the Board’s clarity drafting project, the proposed SSAE will replace AT section 801, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization, and relate to a service auditor’s examination engagements when reporting on controls at organizations that offer services to user entities when such controls could apply. Read More.

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AICPA Auditing Standards Board Releases Agenda for October Meeting

Hosted at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) offices in New York City, the organization’s Auditing Standards Board (“ASB”) is scheduled to meet October 21st-23rd. The meeting will cover various topics, including Attestation Standards: Clarification and Recodification, and proposed revisions of the first four chapters. Further, the agenda includes a possible revision of AU-C 570, The Auditor’s Consideration of an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern, auditor’s reports, competency model and performance audits. Meeting information and the event’s detailed agenda are available on the AICPA’s website.

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Auditing Standards Board Issues Standards for Public Comment

During its three-day meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, last month, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Auditing Standards Board (“ASB”) moved forward on issuing proposed clarified attestation standards Chapter 8, “Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization,” and Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS), An Audit of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting That is Integrated With an Audit of Financial Statements, for public comment. If both become final, then Chapter 8 would replace the current AT Section 801, “Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization”, and the proposed SAS would supersede AT Section 501, “An Examination of an Entity’s. Read More.

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AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board to Meet in Montreal Next Week

Starting Tuesday, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Auditing Standards Board (“ASB”) will hold a three-day meeting in Montreal, Quebec. Planned to discuss additional clarified standards, the ASB’s meeting agenda will feature: – A review of An Audit of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting That is Integrated With an Audit of Financial Statements, a proposal that would replace AT section 501, An Examination of an Entity’s Internal Control Over Financial Reporting That Is Integrated With an Audit of Its Financial Statements, and Interpretation No. 1 of AT section 501, “Reporting Under Section 112 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement. Read More.

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FASB’s Going Concern Amendment to Affect PCAOB Standards

In the coming weeks, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) plans to release an amendment that requires struggling companies to inform investors regarding their chances of surviving. Entitled proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2013-300, Presentation of Financial Statements (Topic 205)—Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Going Concern Presumption, the update is in response to investors and regulators who believed auditors issued going concern reviews of companies after the stock price mirrored the market’s knowledge of their pending demise. Per the FASB’s final update to U.S. GAAP, a company will be required to add in its financial statement footnotes when “substantial. Read More.

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