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This comprehensive guide assists auditors conducting financial statement audits, covering every step from auditor appointment to audit report issuance. It incorporates practical examples, detailed procedures, relevant legal requirements, and templates for documentation. While it is specifically geared towards auditing companies not following Ind AS, its core concepts apply to all auditing scenarios.

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Taxmann Audit of Financial Statements Description

This book comprehensively covers the entire cycle of audit of financial statements, starting from the ‘appointment of the auditor’ to the ‘issuance of the audit report’ and archival of the audit file. It also provides guidance on ‘risk-based audit’ as per the Standards on Auditing issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

This book will be helpful for audit assistants, engagement partners, and small & medium practitioners. Also, this book moves away from the ‘checklist’ based approach (which is more beneficial for experienced auditors) to describing the audit procedures in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand language.

The Present Publication is the 2nd Edition and has been amended until April 2023. This book is authored by CA Pranav Jain with the following noteworthy features:

  • [Overview of Audit Trail], which is mandatory for companies w.e.f. 1st April 2023 has been included in this book
  • [Important Requirements of Audit Quality Maturity Model] issued by ICAI has been included
  • [Comprehensive Explanation of Audit Procedures] in an easy-to-understand language, keeping in mind the junior staff or less experienced auditors
  • [Examples of Potential Risks of Material Misstatement] are included in the book for the particular financial statement area
  • [Interlinking of Audit Procedures & Risks of Material Misstatements] in addition to other procedures required as per the standards on auditing or meeting the statutory requirements
  • [Significant Findings of Reviews by NFRA, QRB & FRRB to Highlight Non-Compliances] have been incorporated in various chapters
  • [Practical Examples] have been included to explain the audit procedures & other concepts. For instance, a detailed example has been included to explain the requirements of the applicable standards of auditing regarding the identification of risks of material statements and documentation thereof
  • [Real Case Scenarios] are used to describe the concepts to bring more clarity
  • [Numerical Examples] have been included to explain the concept of FIFO & weighted average in case of valuation of inventories
  • [Examples for the Audit Team to Understand Audit Procedures] are included in this book
  • [60+ Templates] to facilitate the auditor in meeting the documentation requirements & obtain information in a meaningful format
  • [Linkages to Legal Requirements] are included in this book. Examples of such linkages are as follows:
    • Companies Act, 2013
    • Accounting Standards
    • Standards on Auditing besides covering reporting requirements such as CARO 2020 and disclosure requirements as per Companies Act, 2013 & Accounting Standards
  • [Illustrative Disclosures as per revised Schedule III & Requirements of Accounting Standards] for each financial statement area to enable the auditor for the following:
    • Adequate disclosures in financial statements
    • Meeting reporting requirements
    • Helping even the junior-most team member to understand the concept

The book has 49 chapters divided into four divisions (covering each stage of the audit of financial statements), which are as follows:

  • Division 1 | Preliminary Activities
    • This division describes in detail the preliminary activities, such as
      • Appointment
      • Rotation
      • Resignation
      • Removal of Auditor
      • The Requirements of Joint Audit
  • Division 2 | Planning of Audit
    • This division is divided into 13 chapters, each covering a specific element of audit planning. This division has an in-depth analysis of the following:
      • Understanding the entity and its environment
      • Identification and assessment of risks of material misstatement
      • Response to identified risks
      • Determination of materiality, among others
      • Logistics and management of audit and linkage to the Audit Quality Maturity Model issued by the ICAI
  • Division 3 | Audit of Each Line Item of the Financial Statement
    • There is an in-depth discussion of core concepts such as:
      • Professional Scepticism
      • Documentation
      • External Confirmations
    • Each chapter in this division covers a specific line item of the financial statement
    • Each chapter describes the possible risks, such as:
      • Material Misstatement
      • Audit Procedures
      • Description of legal requirements such as accounting standard and Companies Act, 2013
    • Additionally, each chapter includes the reporting requirements required by CARO 2020 or Companies Act 2013, disclosure requirements of Schedule III to Companies Act, 2013 and applicable accounting standards
    • There are also illustrative disclosures as per Schedule III and Accounting Standards
  • Division 4 | Concept of Going Concern & Subsequent Events
    • This division consists of 8 chapters covering aspects such as:
      • Going Concern
      • Subsequent Events
    • There is detailed guidance on the following:
      • Audit Quality Assurance
      • Audit Completion Activities
      • Evaluation of Results of Audit Procedures
    • This division also covers written representations and communication with those charged with governance
    • There is a detailed analysis on forming an opinion on the financial statements and covers concepts such as modification to the auditor’s report, the emphasis of matter, etc.
  • Appendices
    • The book also includes 66 appendices that provide various templates to assist the auditor in gathering information from the entity or meeting the documentation requirements of the standards on auditing, or creating speaking work papers for the audit file.

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