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This Statement : 1. Withdraws Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 75, Engagements to Apply Agreed-Upon Procedures to Specified Elements, Accounts, or Items of a Financial Statement (AICPA, Professional Standards, vol. 1, AU sec. 622). The guidance in SAS No. 75 currently parallels the guidance in Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 4, Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagements (AICPA, Professional Standards, vol. 1, AT sec. 600). However, one difference between the two standards is that SAS No. 75 does not require a written assertion as a condition for performance of an agreed-upon procedures engagement. This assertion is effectively embodied in the specified elements, accounts, or items of a financial statement when the basis of accounting is clearly evident. On April 14, 2000, the Auditing Standards Board (ASB) issued an exposure draft of a proposed SSAE that will amend the attestation standards to eliminate the requirement for a written assertion as a condition of performance for agreed-upon procedures engagements. As a result of the elimination of the requirement for a written assertion, there is no longer a need to retain, within the professional standards, a separate standard for agreed-upon procedures engagements relating to specified elements, accounts, or items of a financial statement. Thus, the attestation standards will contain all of the guidance applicable to agreed-upon procedures engagements. 2. Amends AU section 543 to clarify the position of an auditor of an investee accounted for under the equity method (see SAS No. 1, Codification of Auditing Standards and Procedures, AICPA, Professional Standards, vol. 1, AU sec. 543 "Part of Audit Performed by Other Independent Auditors"). 3. Amends SAS No. 58, Reports on Audited Financial Statements (AICPA, Professional Standards, vol. 1, AU sec. 508.08), to include a reference to the country of origin of the accounting principles used to prepare the financial statements and the auditing standards that the auditor follows in performing the audit. This change is considered appropriate because financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and audited in accordance with U.S. generally accepted auditing standards are increasingly available beyond U.S. borders. 4. Amends SAS No. 84, Communications Between Predecessor and Successor Auditors (AICPA, Professional Standards, vol. 1, AU sec. 315.02), to clarify the definition of predecessor auditor. SAS No. 84 does not address the situation in which an auditor is engaged to perform a first-year audit, but does not complete that audit. The proposed amendment clarifies that any auditor who is engaged to perform an audit, but does not complete the audit, is considered a predecessor auditor for purposes of SAS No. 84. This proposed Statement: 1. Withdraws SAS No. 75 and the related Auditing Interpretation No. 1, "Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures to All, or Substantially All, of the Elements, Accounts, or Items of a Financial Statement" (AICPA, Professional Standards, vol. 1, AU sec. 9622.01-.02). 2. Deletes AU section 543.14 and adds a footnote to AU section 543.02. 3. Amends SAS No. 58 and withdraws Auditing Interpretation No. 13 of SAS No. 58. 4. Amends SAS No. 84. Conforming changes resulting from the above-referenced actions will be made throughout the professional standards.

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2000

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Book

Keywords

Financial statements -- Standards -- United States; Communication in accounting -- Standards -- United States

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Accounting | Taxation

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Originally published by: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Copyright and permission to reprint held by: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Proposed statement on auditing standards : omnibus statement on auditing standards--2000;Omnibus statement on auditing standards--2000; Exposure draft (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants), 2000, May 1

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