Statements of Position



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The body of auditing literature grew and evolved considerably during the twentieth century. American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) boards and committees have issued ninety-three Statements on Auditing Standards (SASs), some of which have been superseded, and numerous auditing interpretations. The AICPA also has published Auditing Statements of Position, Audit and Accounting Guides and numerous other publications containing guidance of varying authority on how to conduct an audit of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS). Although the AICPA has, on occasion, realigned and clarified the authority of these publications, some uncertainty remains in the minds of auditors and others about which publications auditors must know and follow when conducting an audit. Furthermore, because of the large volume of auditing publications, some auditors may not be aware of publications that may be applicable to their audit engagements. The Auditing Standards Board (ASB) believes the proposed SAS will significantly reduce uncertainty about which publications the auditor must comply with and which publications the auditor must consider when performing an audit in accordance with GAAS. The ASB also expects that auditors will become more aware of other applicable auditing publications that may provide useful auditing guidance, increasing the likelihood that auditors will use them. All of this should result in increased audit quality. The proposed SAS: 1. Identifies the body of auditing literature. 2. Clarifies the authority of auditing publications issued by the AICPA and others. 3. Specifies which auditing publications the auditor must comply with and those he or she must consider when conducting an audit in accordance with GAAS. 4. Identifies specific AICPA auditing publications and provides information on how to obtain them. This proposed SAS would supersede SAS No. 1, Codification of Auditing Standards and Procedures, AU section 150, Generally Accepted Auditing Standards. Certain other descriptions of the authority of AICPA auditing publications also will be revised to conform to the descriptions included in the proposed SAS. These include the head note in AU Section 100, Statements on Auditing Standards - Introduction (AICPA, Professional Standards, vol. 1, AU sec. 100), the authority statement included at the end of each newly-published SASs, the Notice to Readers included in AICPA Audit and Accounting Guides and AICPA Audit Guides, and certain other notices and authority statements included in other AICPA auditing publications.

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Proposed statement on auditing standards : generally accepted auditing standards : (supersedes



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