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When the design or operation of a control does not allow management or employees, in the normal course of performing their assigned functions, to prevent or detect misstatements on a timely basis
Applicability of standard
When engaged to "perform an audit of management's assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting" (ICFR); the objective of such an engagement is to express an opinion on the effectiveness of ICFR
Begins at financial statement level and works down to significant accounts and disclosures and assertions
A deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in ICFR that is less severe than a material weakness, yet important enough to merit attention by those responsible for oversight of the company's financial reporting system
Following a transaction from origination through the company's processes until reflected in the financial records
Auditing Standard No. 5
An Audit of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting That is Integrated with An Audit of Financial Statements (Hint: which Auditing Standard #)
Material Weakness (Definition)
A deficiency, or combination of deficiencies, in internal control over financial reporting, that creates a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of the financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis
The control is working as designed and the person performing the control has the necessary authority and qualifications to perform the control effectively
All material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, and control deficiencies must be reported in writing to the management and/or the audit committee
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