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Audit Risk Alert

This Audit Risk Alert is intended to help auditors understand and implement the requirements of the new AU-C section 600, Statement on Auditing Standards -Special Considerations - Audits of Group Financial Statements (Including the Work of Component Auditors) It was developed to present issues that auditors may face in their current audits; focusing on emerging practice issues and current auditing developments. The new AU-C section 600 is much more broad than previous guidance and introduces a number of new terms, concepts, and requirements related to group audits that will significantly affect current practice. To assist auditors in implementing the provisions of AU-C section 600, this alert includes a variety of useful resources including: * Technical Questions & Answer sections * An analysis of applicability * A breakdown of new terminology * An exploration of how practice will be affected * Special considerations for state and local governments * Implementation case studies This alert has been updated for the issuance of SAS No. 127, Omnibus Statement on Auditing Standards.
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Paragraph Understanding the Responsibilities of Auditors for Audits of Group Financial Statements 2013 01-177 What Are Group Audits? 01-03 Organization of This Alert 04 Introduction to the Clarified Statements on Auditing Standards 05-20 Applicability of AU-C Section 600 11-17 Objectives of AU-C Section 600 18 Definitions 19-20 Overview of AU-C Section 600 21-72 Responsibilities of the Group Engagement Team 22-72 How AU-C Section 600 Will Affect Practice 73-161 General Practice Considerations 78-.103 Specific Application Considerations All Group Audits 104-138 Additional Requirements Applicable When Assuming Responsibility for the Work of a Component Auditor 139-146 Considerations Specific to Audits of State and Local Governmental Entities 147-161 Resource Central 162-172 Publications 163 AICPA Online Professional Library: Accounting and Auditing Literature 164 Continuing Professional Education 165-168 Webcasts 169 Member Service Center 170 Hotlines 171-172 Appendix A Questions and Answers 173 Appendix B Decision-Making Flowchart 174 Appendix C Examples 175 Appendix D Applying Group Materiality to Components 176 Appendix E Additional Internet Resources 177 Contents

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Founded in 1887, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) represents the CPA and accounting profession nationally and globally regarding rule-making and standard-setting, and serves as an advocate before legislative bodies, public interest groups and other professional organizations. The AICPA develops standards for audits of private companies and other services by CPAs; provides educational guidance materials to its members; develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination; and monitors and enforces compliance with the accounting profession s technical and ethical standards. The AICPA s founding established accountancy as a profession distinguished by rigorous educational requirements, high professional standards, a strict code of professional ethics, a licensing status and a commitment to serving the public interest.

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