AICPA Issues FAQs on Audit Matters and Auditor Reporting Related to COVID-19

The AICPA has published guidance in the form of a frequently asked questions (FAQs) file, FAQs — Audit Matters and Auditor Reporting Issues Related to COVID19.

Purpose of FAQs

The AICPA staff developed the FAQs to assist practitioners performing audit engagements and preparers of financial statements. The guidance is not authoritative and does not apply to preparation of and issuance of audit reports within the jurisdiction of the PCAOB, nor does it on accounting, disclosure, and reporting nuances for public companies.

The AICPA intends to update the FAQs as it collects further questions.

Topics Covered by the FAQs

The various questions and answers are grouped into the following categories as related to or due to the impact of COVID-19:

  • General Accounting, Auditing and Reporting matters, including risks and uncertainties, subsequent events, and going concern;
  • Audit and Auditor Reporting Specific Matters, including inventory observations, fraud inquiries, access to books and records, internal control, use of external confirmations, planning meetings, management representation letters, and emphasis of matter paragraphs and types of auditor’s reports; and
  • Accounting and Financial Reporting Specific Matters, particularly financial reporting considerations of the items as related to COVID-19, including fair value, asset impairments, unusual or infrequent events, and deferred tax assets.

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