Audit and Attest
If you perform audit and attest engagements, the information and resources here will help you stay informed of changes to audit and attest standards, perform your engagements, and be aware of common pitfalls in these engagements.
The Auditing Standards Board promulgates Statements on Auditing Standards (SAS), Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) and Statements on Quality Control Standards (SQCS), and, as a part of its due process, releases Exposure Drafts of proposed standards. The AICPA also issues interpretive and other publications to assist practitioners in understanding and applying the standards.
ASB Issues SAS No. 133 on Exempt Offering Documents
The Auditing Standards Board issued SAS No. 133, Auditor Involvement with Exempt Offering Documents (AICPA, Professional Standards, AU-C sec. 945), to address the auditor’s responsibilities with respect to all exempt offerings of securities undertaken pursuant to federal and state securities laws, and similar laws governing franchise offerings. AU-C section 925, Filings With the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Under the Securities Act of 1933 (AICPA, Professional Standards), addresses other offerings. Prior to the issuance of SAS No. 133, the AICPA provided best practices specific to issuances of municipal securities in industry-specific auditing guidance appearing in the AICPA Audit and Accounting Guides, State and Local Governments and Health Care Entities. SAS No. 133 amends AU-C section 560, Subsequent Events and Subsequently Discovered Facts (AICPA, Professional Standards), and AU-C section 925, and becomes effective for exempt offering documents with which the auditor is involved that are initially distributed, circulated, or submitted on or after June 15, 2018.
ASB Issues Statement on Auditing Standards No. 132
The AICPA Auditing Standards Board has issued Statement on Auditing Standards No. 132 , The Auditor's Consideration of an Entity's Ability to Continue as a Going Concern (AICPA, Professional Standards, AU-C sec. 570), to supersede SAS No. 126 of the same title. In developing the new SAS, the primary objective was to consider the accounting provisions of FASB Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-15, Presentation of Financial Statements—Going Concern (Subtopic 205-40): Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern, and GASB Statement No. 56, Codification of Accounting and Financial Reporting Guidance Contained in the AICPA Statements on Auditing Standards. The SAS becomes effective for (i) audits of financial statements for periods ending on or after December 15, 2017, and (ii) reviews of interim financial information for interim periods beginning after fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2017.
In an effort to keep its members informed, the AICPA has created a Standards Tracker. This tool will keep members up to date regarding the most recent guidance made available by standard setters, filtered in order to give you only what you need to know.