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Accounting firms offer a wide range of professional services to their clients, including audit, review, other assurance, and related services. These services are regulated, with many jurisdictions requiring compliance with international standards or national requirements that have been based on international ones. High-quality international standards increase the comparability, consistency, clarity, credibility, and transparency of financial information. And, high-quality financial information, in turn, increases the stability of the global financial infrastructure. Read More
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Series of short films and guides aimed at helping the investment community understand what auditors focus on and explaining what some of the jargon you might see in our audit opinions means.
The CAQ has premiered an online video series, “Profession in Focus," featuring interviews with leaders in the profession, starting with Deloitte’s new CEO, Cathy Engelbert.
Revolutionising Reporting: Why Care? is the first in the Future Directions series of the future[inc]. Developed out of a series of meetings globally and two stakeholder events with a range of directors, investors and practitioners held in Auckland and Sydney in March.
The following requirements are excerpted from AU-C Section 320 (the complete section should be read for a thorough understanding of materiality concepts).
The Anti-Fraud Collaboration promotes the deterrence and detection of financial reporting fraud through the development of thought leadership, awareness programs, educational opportunities, and other resources targeted to the unique roles and responsibilities of the primary participants in the financial reporting supply chain.
Requirements are paraphrased from AU-C Section 315 for identifying and assessing the risks of material misstatement as a basis for designing audit responses.