You can think of materiality as the neness of the

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Unformatted text preview: rticular transactions or items may be misstated, he or she uses sampling procedures that increase the likelihood of obtaining a sample that is representative of the population of transactions or account items. In such cases, the auditor uses the laws of probability to make inferences about potential misstatements based on examining a sample of transactions or items. The size of the auditor’s sample is a function of materiality and the desired level of assurance for the account or assertion being examined. There is an inverse relation between sample size and materiality, and a direct relation between sample size and desired level of assurance. For example, if an auditor assesses materiality for an account to be a small amount, a larger sample will be needed than if materiality were a larger amount. This occurs because the auditor must gather more evidence (a larger sample) to have a reasonable likelihood of detecting smaller errors. You can think of materiality as the “fineness of the auditor’s...
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