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Unformatted text preview: Consideration of Fraud in a Financial Statement Audit 167 AU Section 316 Consideration of Fraud in a Financial Statement Audit (Supersedes SAS No. 82) Source: SAS No. 99; SAS No. 113. Effective for audits of financial statements for periods beginning on or after December 15, 2002, unless otherwise indicated. Introduction and Overview .01 Section 110, Responsibilities and Functions of the Independent Audi- tor , paragraph .02, states, "The auditor has a responsibility to plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial state- ments are free of material misstatement, whether caused by error or fraud. [footnote omitted]" 1 This section establishes standards and provides guidance to auditors in fulfilling that responsibility, as it relates to fraud, in an audit of financial statements conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS). 2 .02 The following is an overview of the organization and content of this section: Description and characteristics of fraud. This section describes fraud and its characteristics. (See paragraphs .05 through .12.) The importance of exercising professional skepticism. This section dis- cusses the need for auditors to exercise professional skepticism when considering the possibility that a material misstatement due to fraud could be present. (See paragraph .13.) Discussion among engagement personnel regarding the risks of mate- rial misstatement due to fraud. This section requires, as part of plan- ning the audit, that there be a discussion among the audit team mem- bers to consider how and where the entity's financial statements might be susceptible to material misstatement due to fraud and to reinforce the importance of adopting an appropriate mindset of professional skepticism. (See paragraphs .14 through .18.) 1 The auditor's consideration of illegal acts and responsibility for detecting misstatements result- ing from illegal acts is defined in section 317, Illegal Acts by Clients . For those illegal acts that are defined in that section as having a direct and material effect on the determination of financial state- ment amounts, the auditor's responsibility to detect misstatements resulting from such illegal acts is the same as that for errors (see section 312, Audit Risk and Materiality in Conducting an Audit , or fraud). 2 Auditors are sometimes requested to perform other services related to fraud detection and pre- vention, for example, special investigations to determine the extent of a suspected or detected fraud. These other services usually include procedures that extend beyond or are different from the proce- dures ordinarily performed in an audit of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS). AT section 101, Attest Engagements , and CS section 100, Consulting Ser- vices: Definitions and Standards , provide guidance to accountants relating to the performance of such services....
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