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This proposed Statement does not contain specific procedures to detect an illegal act by a client. An examination in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards cannot be expected to provide assurance that illegal acts will be detected. This limitation is considered in another proposed Statement entitled "The Independent Auditor's Responsibility for the Detection of Errors and Irregularities" also issued for comment today. The proposed Statement does specify that the auditor should be aware of the possibility that illegal acts may have occurred that may have a material effect on the financial statements. It further requires that should an auditor become aware of a possible illegal act he should perform additional procedures to investigate the matter and, if necessary, consult with legal counsel. The exposure draft also offers practical suggestions in connection with illegal acts that do not appear to have a material effect on the financial statements.
Auditors -- Legal status, laws, etc.; Auditors' reports -- Standards -- United States
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American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Auditing Standards Executive Committee, "Proposed statement on auditing standards : illegal acts by clients;Illegal acts by clients" (1976). Statements of Position. 362.