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Independent Standard-Setting Boards
The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board sets high-quality international standards for auditing, assurance, and quality control that strengthen public confidence in the global profession.
The International Accounting Education Standards Board establishes standards, in the area of professional accounting education, that prescribe technical competence and professional skills, values, ethics, and attitudes.
The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants sets high-quality, internationally appropriate ethics standards for professional accountants, including auditor independence requirements.
The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board develops standards, guidance, and resources for use by public sector entities around the world for preparation of general purpose financial statements.
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Audit & Assurance
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
The 2014 edition of the handbook includes ISAE 3000 (Revised) and Conforming Amendments. A third volume has been added to the handbook that contains the International Framework for Assurance Engagements (previously included in Volume II of the handbook) and the recently issued Framework for Audit Quality: Key Elements that Create an Environment for Audit Quality.
This comprehensive implementation guide is intended to help practitioners understand and efficiently apply the clarified International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) to audits of small- and medium-sized entities (SMEs).
This third edition of the guide features enhancements to the two sample manuals, as well as other refinements for clarity and consistency with International Standard on Quality Control (ISQC) 1.
The Guide helps practitioners in conducting compilation engagements in accordance with the International Standard on Related Services (ISRS) 4410 (Revised) Compilation Engagements. Practitioners can use the Guide as an introduction to compilation engagements, to deepen their prior understanding and knowledge, as a day-to-day reference guide, or as the basis for training modules.
Clarified Auditing Standards: Consideration of Omitted Procedures
September 24, 2015 - Accounting Web
This assesses the effect of any omitted procedures on the auditor’s continued ability to support a previously expressed opinion on the financial statements and to respond appropriately.
Companies with a larger proportion of alumni among their accounting employees are significantly less likely to issue financial misstatements, and have lower absolute abnormal accruals. We also divide employees into categories by job rank and find that only lower level accounting employees have positive effects on both measures of audit quality.
10 ways a CPA firm can reduce professional liability in its accounting and auditing practice.