Tag: PCAOB

Form what? CAQ offers help for audit committees in understanding and using Form AP

Remember Form AP? That’s the form that the PCAOB is now requiring audit firms to use to name individual audit engagement partners. The form will also disclose the names and Firm IDs, locations and extent of participation of any other accounting firms, outside of the principal auditor, that participated in the audit, if their work constituted 5% or more of the total audit hours.  (See this PubCo post.) Should companies care? Yes, says the Center for Audit Quality: the disclosures made in Form AP can help audit committee members in satisfying their responsibilities to oversee the engagement audit firm as well as other audit participants.

The CAMs are coming: PCAOB adopts new standard to enhance audit reports

by Cydney Posner Yesterday, as anticipated, the PCAOB adopted, subject to SEC approval, a new auditing standard for the auditor’s report that, while retaining the usual pass/fail opinion, will require auditors to include a discussion of “critical audit matters,” that is, “matters communicated or required to be communicated to the […]

Large companies continue to enhance audit committee disclosures voluntarily, but pass on more delicate disclosures

by Cydney Posner With the PCAOB likely to adopt some form of enhanced disclosure requirement for the auditor’s report (see this PubCo post  and this PubCo post regarding the reproposal of disclosure of “critical audit matters”), and the SEC contemplating the addition of a number of disclosure mandates for audit […]

Study finds disclosure of “critical audit matters” may reduce legal exposure for auditors

by Cydney Posner When the PCAOB originally floated the idea of an expanded audit report in 2011, the proposal fueled quite a controversy.  Supporters of the concept contended that the current form of the auditor’s report was just boilerplate that “tells investors little of substance about a company’s true condition,” while […]

New study examines benefits of enhanced audit report in the UK

by Cydney Posner In light of the closing of the comment period for the PCAOB reproposal of an expanded audit report standard (see this PubCo post and this PubCo post), including a requirement to disclose critical audit matters, it may be useful to examine the experience of another country that has […]

Comments on PCAOB reproposal of expanded auditor’s report reflect predictable split

by Cydney Posner As discussed in this PubCo post, in May of this year, after five years of outreach, the PCAOB once again attempted to make the auditor’s report more relevant and informative to investors by reproposing the auditor reporting standard, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When […]

They’re baaack! PCAOB reproposes disclosure of “critical audit matters”

by Cydney Posner Last week, after five years of outreach, the PCAOB once again attempted to make the auditor’s report more relevant and informative to investors by reproposing the auditor reporting standard, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When the Auditor Expresses an Unqualified Opinion, and related […]