the risk that auditors will issue an unqualified opinion on financial statements that contain a material misstatement
Revenue is realized or realizable and earned when ALL of the following are met:
1. Persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists
2. Delivery has occurred or services have been rendered
3. The seller's price to the buyer is fixed or determinable
4. Collectibility is reasonably assured
Revenue and collection cycle
1. receiving and processing customer orders including credit approval
2. delivering goods and services to customers
3. billing customers and accounting for accounts receivable
4. collecting and depositing cash received from customers
Any person who has the power to enter or alter transactions or to change the invoice before it is mailed to the customer should not have any of these responsibilities:
authorization, custody or recording responsibilities
Pending Order Master File contains
sales transactions that were initiated but not yet completed and thus not yet recorded as sales
The pending orders can be reviewed for evidence of the _____ assertion of recorded sales and accounts receivable.
When vouching invoices and sales journal entities to price lists it is important to make certain you have the price list that was in effect at the time of
the customer's order.
The sales detail file can be scanned using computer assisted auditing techniques for entries without ____ and for matching ____ with ____.
without shipping references (fictitious sales?) and for matching recording dates with shipment dates (sales recorded before shipment?)
aged trial balance
A schedule that lists each individual receivable and indicates whether it is current or past due, and how long it is past due. The total should equal the accounts receivable general ledger balance
The cash receipts journal contains
all the detail entries for cash deposits and credits to various accounts
The best control over whether cash is received and recorded is to
send customers monthly statements of what has been billed, what has been paid, and ending monthly balances enables them to spot discrepancies and notify the company.
Substantive procedures are applied in the audit of these account balances in the revenue and collection cycle:
1. cash int he bank
2. accounts receivable
3. allowance for doubtful accounts
4. bad debt expense
5. sales revenue
6. sales returns, allowances and discounts
Combination of two or more of these responsibilities in one person, one office, or one computerized system may open the door for errors and fraud:
sales and credit authorization; custody of goods and cash; record keeping for sales, receivables, inventory, and cash receipts
In a small business where the benefits do not outweigh the costs of complete separation of duties, in order to obtain reasonable assurance that financial controls are intact
the owner must have active involvement in the accounting process- approving credit and discounts, reviewing the aged accounts receivable listing, and occasionally opening the mail
These control activities should be in place to prevent and detect errors:
no sales order should be entered without a customer order; a credit-check code or manual signature should be recorded for authorization; access to inventory and the shipping area should be restricted to authorized persons; access to billing terminals and blank invoice forms should be restricted to authorized personnel; accountants should be instructed to record sales and accounts receivable when all the supporting documentation of shipment is in order; care should be taken to record sales and receivables as of the date the goods and services were shipped and the cash receipts on the date the payments were received; customer invoices should be compared with bills of lading and customer orders to determine that the customer is sent the goods ordered at the proper location for the proper prices and that the quantity being billed is the same as the quantity shipped; pending order files should be reviewed frequently to avoid failure to bill and record shipments; procedures should be in place to ensure errors noted by these steps are properly corrected (error control log monitored by the information systems supervisor)
A revenue and collection walkthrough involves
following a sale from the initial customer order through credit approval, billing, and delivery of goods, to the entry in the sales journal and subsidiary accounts receivable records, then its subsequent collection and cash deposit
Tests of controls determine whether company personnel are properly performing controls that are said to be in place. These tests include
vouching, tracing, observing, scanning, and recalculating
_____ sample of shipping documents to invoices to obtain evidence about control over completeness.
_____ sample of invoices to shipping documents to obtain evidence about control over occurrence.
Existence- Accounts receivable exist. substantive procedure?
Confirm a sample of accounts receivable and perform follow-up procedures.
Rights and obligation-the entity holds or controls the rights to accounts receivable. substantive procedure?
Inquire whether any receivables have been sold or factored. Review bank confirmations, loan agreements, and minutes of the board for indications of pledged, discounted, or assigned receivables.
Completeness- all receivables that should have been recorded are recorded. substantive procedure?
Perform sales cutoff tests. Include a sample of zero- balance accounts in the confirmation process.
Valuation or allocation- receivables are included in the financial statements at appropriate amounts and any resulting valuation adjustments are properly recorded. substantive procedure?
Obtain an aged trial balance of individual customer accounts and test the aging. Compare current year write-off experience to the prior-year allowance for bad debts. Examine cash receipts after the balance sheet date for collections on past due accounts. For large past due accounts, obtain financial statements or credit reports and discuss with the credit manager. Calculate an allowance estimate using prior relations of write-offs and sales taking under consideration current economic events.
If auditors choose not to use confirmations for accounts receivable they should document justification for the decision, which may include
1. receivables are not material
2. confirmations would be ineffective based on prior years' experience or knowledge that responses could be unreliable
3. analytical procedures and other substantive procedures provide sufficient, competent evidence
asks the customer to respond whether the balance is correct or incorrect; most commonly used; is used when balances are relatively large or when accounts are in dispute
does not contain the balance, customers are asked to fill it in themselves; produces better evidence but may cause a lower response rate
asks for a response only if something is wrong with the balance; used when risk of material misstatement is considered low, when a large number of small balances is involved, and when the client's customers can be expected to consider the confirmations properly
When confirmation is performed at an interim date, the following additional procedures should be considered:
1.obtain a summary of receivables transactions from the interim date to the year-end date and review them for unusual items
2. vouch a selected sample of transactions for the period
3. obtain a year-end trial balance of receivables, compare it to the interim trial balance, and obtain evidence and explanations for large variations
4. consider the necessity for additional confirmations as of the balance sheet date if balances have significantly increased
If a client's customer is not willing or able to return the confirmation, auditors will have to perform these alternative procedures to ensure existence:
subsequent cash receipts; sales orders, invoices, and shipping documents; and correspondence files for past due accounts
The audit team must review accounts for collectibility and determine the adequacy of the allowance for doubtful accounts in support of the _______ assertion.
To review accounts for collectibility, auditors review
subsequent cash receipts from the customer, discuss unpaid accounts with the credit manager, and examine the credit files
sales cutoff period procedures
tracing shipping documents before and after year-end to the sales journal to ensure the sale was recorded in the proper period; credit memos for returns after year-end are vouched to receiving reports; any goods returned after year-end that were sold during the year being audited should be deducted from sales
Cutoff errors cause ____, ___ and ___ to be overstated and _____ to be understated.
accounts receivables, sales, and cost of goods sold is overstated and inventory is understated by cutoff errors.
audit procedures to gather evidence on the assertions in account balances; to obtain direct evidence about the dollar amounts in account balances; goal is to detect evidence of any material misstatement due to errors or fraud