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August 29, 2019

AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board proposes amendments to Special Purpose, Single, and Summary Financial Statements under new auditor reporting standards

By Joe Pickard

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Auditing Standards Board (ASB) has issued an exposure draft of a proposed Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) Amendments to AU-C Sections 800, 805, and 810 to Incorporate Auditor Reporting Changes from SAS No. 134.

AICPA chief auditor Robert Dohrer said: “As we continue to enhance the transparency of auditor reporting, we have extended the provisions of SAS No. 134 as they relate to providing insight into the basis for the auditor’s opinion. Disclosure of the responsibilities of both entity management and auditors in these unique reporting circumstances is also important.”

In the ASB’s effort to conform Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) to the new auditor reporting standards, the proposed SAS aligns:

  • AU-C sections 800, Special Considerations—Audits of Financial Statements Prepared in Accordance With Special Purpose Frameworks, which addresses audits of financial statements prepared in accordance with a special purpose framework (e.g., a framework other than GAAP) like the cash basis of accounting or the tax basis of accounting;
  • 805, Special Considerations—Audits of Single Financial Statements and Specific Elements, Accounts, or Items of a Financial Statement, which addresses audits of a single financial statement, a balance sheet or an element of a financial statement; and
  • 810, Engagements to Report on Summary Financial Statements (the AU-C 800 series), which addresses audits of summary financial statements derived from financial statements audited in accordance with GAAS.

The SASs are combined with the reporting provisions of SAS No. 134, Auditor Reporting and Amendments, Including Amendments Addressing Disclosures in the Audit of Financial Statements, and other recently issued SASs. In May 2019, the ASB issued SAS No. 134 that updates the form and content of auditors’ reports on the financial statements of non-issuers.

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