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The latest on the LCE (Less Complex Entities) standard

Is this project that we have all eagerly anticipated actually going to happen? It appears so. I recently attended an IFAC webinar (recording is here) that explained the latest developments. I wrote about this back in 2021 when the draft standard was released. It seems that there has been a bit more clarity as to […]

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ISA 315 Overview – Understanding the Entity and Environment and Controls

We’ve talked about risk assessment, professional scepticism, responding to identified risks, and the business model in terms of ISA 315 (revised 2019). But the bulk of the actual requirements of the standard (paragraphs 19-27) relate to, as the heading puts it: ‘Obtaining an Understanding of the Entity and Its Environment, the Applicable Financial Reporting Framework […]

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ReviewTools by Audit Assistant

Ever wish you could take your current complex review and documentation processes and put them into one bespoke, secure, elegant online solution without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars? Now you can. Or go next level and become a provider of that content, reselling it to other firms in your industry? This is what ReviewTools […]

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Instituting continuous improvement practices

Kaizen, also known as continuous improvement, is a long-term approach to work that systematically seeks to achieve small, incremental changes in processes in order to improve efficiency and quality. Kaizen can be applied to any kind of work, but it is perhaps best known for being used in lean manufacturing and lean programming. If a […]

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ISA 315 Overview – Understanding the Business Model

The concept of understanding an entity’s business model, including how it uses Information Technology (IT) is new in ISA 315 (Revised 2019). Understanding the business model sounds like child’s play, but in the context of exploring inherent risks, it presents a powerful tool to understand the entity. Paragraph 19(a)(i) tells us that: The auditor shall perform […]

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ISA 315 Overview – Automated Tools and Techniques

Remember CAATs? This was an acronym for Computer Assisted Audit Tools – a general category for all things computery that helped us work with more efficiency and power. Now that virtually all we do uses a computer, ISA 315 (Revised 2019) does not refer to CAATs but to Automated Tools and Techniques (ATTs). This kind […]

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New Annual Family Trust Review Tool

Does your firm administer any family trusts? Then you will no doubt be aware of the increased requirements under the Trusts Act 2019 for ensuring all the data about the Trust is up to date. To help achieve this, we have, in collaboration with a large local Accountancy firm, developed a simple questionnaire to be […]

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Summary of Upcoming LCE Standard

The IAASB has now issued its proposed standard on less complex entities (ED-ISA for LCE) for feedback. A standard around LCE’s is long overdue, and their proposal comes with the hope of easing unnecessary requirements placed on auditors. The standard is expected to come into effect around 2024 and should be a game-changer for the […]

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Good news for less complex entity audits

Following on from the IAASB discussion paper on the audit of Less Complex Entities (that we have previously discussed), the IAASB recently released some good news – a new single standard is being developed for these entities. The IAASB Glossary defines these as entities which typically possesses qualitative characteristics such as: a. Concentration of ownership […]

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