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PCAOB Standard-Setting Update as of December 31, 2017

The following reflects the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) updated standard-setting agenda as of December 31, 2017: Auditing Accounting Estimates, Including Fair Value Measurements: Considering a recommendation for the next PCAOB action. The Auditor’s Use of the Work of Specialists: Considering a recommendation for the next PCAOB action. Supervision of Audits Involving Other Auditors: Reviewing comments on the supplemental request for comments and planning the next steps. Going concern: Covering outreach, monitoring, and research efforts. Along with the release of its revised standard-setting agenda, the PCAOB has added four projects to its research agenda. The projects involve quality control standards, changes in the use of data and technology in audits, the auditor’s role. Read More.

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PCAOB Proposal to Address Auditing Accounting Estimates

A new proposal by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) seeks to strengthen the applicable requirements for auditing accounting estimates. Issued as Proposed Auditing Standard for Auditing Accounting Estimates, Including Fair Value Measurements, the proposal advises auditors to use professional skepticism and give added attention to possible management bias while auditing accounting estimates. Auditors have had issues auditing some accounting estimates, causing PCAOB inspectors to flag deficiencies at both small and large audit firms. Such deficiencies have raised concerns on auditors’ application of professional skepticism and their consideration of possible management bias. In response, the PCAOB proposes a new. Read More.

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Staff Consultation Paper Issued by PCAOB’s Chief Auditor Office

Pursuing feedback on auditing accounting estimates and fair value measurements, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) Office of the Chief Auditor (“the Office”) has released a Staff Consultation Paper (the Paper) for public comment. As part of its efforts to find audit deficiencies throughout various firms, the Office issued the Paper for comments on current audit practices, examining the possible need for PCAOB standards changes, and likely alternative actions associated with auditing accounting estimates and fair value measurements. For the news release on the Paper , visit the PCAOB website. Also, don’t forget to check out our Audit & Attest page for information on Cherry Bekaert’s services.

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