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Staff Guidance Published for Implementing Auditor’s Report Changes

New staff guidance by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) details updates to the auditor’s report that will be effective for audits during fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2017. Released on December 4, the staff guidance covers critical changes to the auditor’s report, including the disclosure of auditor tenure and a statement on auditor independence. Also covered under the guidance are requirements concerning Critical Audit Matters (“CAMs”). Auditors can communicate CAMs voluntarily, but auditor communication will be required for audits of large accelerated filers for fiscal years ending on or after June 30, 2019. For all other inspections, the requirement is effective for. Read More.

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SEC Approves Updates to Auditor’s Report

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has unanimously approved an audit reporting standard by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board requiring significant improvements to certain public company reports. Such improvements aim to make the auditor’s report more informative and address the communication of critical audit matters (“CAMs”) and disclosures concerning auditor tenure. The new auditor’s report is expected to offer investors meaningful insight regarding audits, such as important estimates and judgments, substantial unusual transactions, and other potential risk areas for an organization. Speaking on the objective of the auditing standard, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said investors will benefit from a. Read More.

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SEC Advisor Speaks on Materiality and Auditor’s Report

At a recent speech for management accountants at a conference in Tulsa, OK, Stephen Deane discussed mini-case studies on policymaking associated with materiality and the independent auditor’s report. Deane, an investment engagement advisor in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of the Investor Advocate, said that the mini-case studies offer insight into the policymaking process and the problems that policymakers face. The mini-case studies also distinguish between outside investors and managers inside the company. During his speech, Deane provided attendees a technical review of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s attempts to establish materiality guidance and the Public Company Accounting. Read More.

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SEC Seeks Comments on PCAOB’s Auditor’s Report Standard

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) wants feedback on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) auditing standard, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When the Auditor Expresses an Unqualified Opinion. Recently, the SEC issued the related document for public comment, Notice of Filing of Proposed Rules on The Auditor’s Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When the Auditor Expresses an Unqualified Opinion, and Departures from Unqualified Opinions and Other Reporting Circumstances, and Related Amendments to Auditing Standards. Subject to SEC approval, the PCAOB standard is intended to improve the effectiveness of the auditor’s report by. Read More.

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PCAOB Approves Expanded Auditor’s Report

In a unanimous decision, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) has approved a rule to expand auditor reports in a Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filing. Announced on June 1, the new format will make filed auditor reports more valuable to investors. The rule requires a public company’s external auditor to disclose any critical audit matters that arise while auditing their clients, and provide details on clients’ financial reporting procedures. Such requirements are listed under Release No. 2017-001, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When the Auditor Expresses an Unqualified Opinion and Related Amendments to PCAOB. Read More.

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European Study Examines Mandatory Audit Rotations

A study from Europe has determined that requiring public companies to change audit firms every few years may be a bad idea. The study, which covered the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Concept Release No. 2011-006, Auditor Independence and Audit Firm Rotation, revealed dissimilarities between the trust clients maintain in auditors and professional skepticism auditors exhibit toward clients. Those in support of mandatory audit rotations say a lengthy relationship between auditors and clients can negatively impact an auditor’s skepticism and objectivity, leading to a reduced audit quality. They also believe term limits would offset an auditor’s inclination to have a. Read More.

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