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Most of the independent auditors work in forming his or her opinion on financial statements consists of obtaining and evaluating evidential matter concerning the assertions in such financial statements. The measure of the validity of such evidence for audit purposes lies in the judgment of the auditor in this respect, audit evidence differs from legal evidence, which is circumscribed by rigid rules. Evidential matter varies substantially in its influence on the auditor as he or she develops his an opinion with respect to financial statements under audit. The pertinence of the evidence, its objectivity, its timeliness, and the existence of other evidential matter corroborating the conclusions to which it leads all bear on its competence.
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Auditing -- Standards -- United States; Evidence, Documentary
Accounting | Taxation
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Auditing Standards Executive Committee, "Amendment to statement on auditing standards no. 31, "evidential matter"" (1996). Statements on Auditing Standards. 84.