As we all know, audit planning is not a simple process. It involves a high degree of consideration of a client’s industry, regulations it has to comply with, its operations and administration, availability and assignment of a CPA firm’s resources, engagement timing, etc. Fortunately, through proper planning, we may not only be able to be more efficient in our audit execution, but also provide clarity to practitioners regarding the importance of proper risk management techniques. Complying with all applicable AICPA Professional Standards when executing audit engagement to reduce professional liability and reputation risk is essential!
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) announced a global health emergency because of a new strain of coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China (the “COVID-19 outbreak”) and the risks to the international community as the virus spreads globally beyond its point of origin. In March 2020, the WHO classified the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic, based on the rapid increase in exposure globally.
The full impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve. As such, it is uncertain as to the full magnitude that the pandemic will have on organizations’ financial condition, liquidity, and future results of their operations. Organizations’ management are actively monitoring the situation on their financial condition, liquidity, operations, suppliers, industry, and workforce. Given the daily evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak and the global responses to curb its spread, companies are not able to estimate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on their results of operations, financial condition, or liquidity for fiscal year 2020. If the pandemic continues, it could have a material adverse effect on companies’ results of future operations, financial position, and liquidity in fiscal year 2020.
This session will provide external auditors both practical and insightful perspectives on how to navigate an audit engagement of a private company in 2020. You’ll learn which areas of the audit have increased in risk due to COVID-19 as well as what alternative audit procedures are available to engagement teams in circumstances where traditional audit procedures are not possible. You’ll acquire a clearer and deeper understanding of what will need to be done in order to properly perform audit engagements under this difficult environment in accordance with Professional Standards.