4 Steps to Better Risk Assessments
In my role at the AICPA, I’ve always been a big advocate of helping firms perform smarter audits by deepening their understanding of the client. I want to help firms understand the distinct advantage they can gain by better understanding the concept of significant risks and gathering useful risk information through performing a more thoughtful and efficient risk assessment. A new whitepaper I have just published discusses the steps you can take in greater detail.
I’ve encountered some practitioners who are uncertain of the value of the time needed to perform a risk assessment. They appreciate the theory of the standards, but may not know how to leverage risk assessments given the firm’s existing methodology. Firms have an excellent opportunity to improve audit quality by identifying significant risks and tailoring the audit plan to respond to those risks. Gleaning the core information out of a risk assessment and performing more efficient and effective audits just takes four simple steps:
- Understand Your Client and the Client’s Environment
- Understand Internal Control
- Hold a Brainstorming Meeting
- Summarize the Audit Risk Assessment
For more details, check out in the detailed whitepaper: The Risk Assessment Auditing Standards: How to Efficiently and Effectively Comply on Smaller and Less Complex Audit Engagements.
Charles E. Landes, CPA, Vice President of Professional Standards and Services, American Institute of CPAs.