SA 250 (R) – Consideration of Laws and Regulations in an Audit of Financial Statements.

Q. What is the term Noncompliance with laws and regulation means?

Non-compliance means acts of omission or commission by the entity, either intentional or unintentional, which are contrary to the prevailing laws or regulations. Non-compliance does not include personal misconduct (unrelated to the business activities of the entity) by those charged with governance, management or employees of the entity.

Q. What is Auditor’s Duty?

Following are the Duties as per SA 250

1. Duty to understand the entities Environment and to obtain general understanding about

(a) The legal and regulatory framework applicable to the entity and the industry or sector in which the entity operates; and

(b) How the entity is complying with that framework.

2. Duty to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence

The auditor shall obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence regarding compliance with the provisions of those laws and regulations generally recognised to have a direct effect on the determination of material amounts and disclosures in the financial statements.

3.Duty to execute procedures

The auditor shall perform the following audit procedures to help identify instances of non-compliance with other laws and regulations that may have a material effect on the financial statements:

(a) Inquiring of management and, where appropriate, those charged with governance, as to whether the entity is in compliance with such laws and regulations; and

(b) Inspecting correspondence, if any, with the relevant licensing or regulatory authorities.

4. The auditor shall remain alert to the possibility that other audit procedures applied may bring instances or suspected of non-compliance with laws and regulations to the auditor’s attention.

5.Duty to get Representations by Management :-

The auditor shall request management and, where appropriate, those charged with governance to provide written representations that all known instances of non-compliance or suspected non-compliance with laws and regulations whose effects should be considered when preparing financial statements have been disclosed to the auditor.

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Q. What Audit Procedures necessary to applied by the auditor when Non-Compliance is Identified or Suspected ?

If the auditor becomes aware of information concerning an instance of non-compliance or suspected non-compliance with laws and regulations, the auditor shall obtain:

(a) An understanding of the nature of the act and the circumstances in which it has occurred; and

(b) Further information to evaluate the possible effect on the financial statements.

If the auditor suspects there may be non-compliance, the auditor shall discuss the matter with management and, where appropriate, those charged with governance. If management or, as appropriate, those charged with governance do not provide sufficient information that supports that the entity is in compliance with laws and regulations and, in the auditor’s judgment, the effect of the suspected non-compliance may be material to the financial statements, the auditor shall consider the need to obtain legal advice. If sufficient information about suspected non-compliance cannot be obtained, the auditor shall evaluate the effect of the lack of sufficient appropriate audit evidence on the auditor’s opinion.

Q What are reporting responsibility of the Auditor for non compliance with the laws and regulations by the entity under audit?

In case where those charged with governance are not directly involved in the management of the business auditor shall communicate with those charged with governance matters involving non-compliance with laws and regulations that come to the auditor’s attention during the course of the audit. If, Auditor finds that non-compliance is believed to be intentional and material, the auditor shall communicate the matter to those charged with governance as soon as practicable. If the auditor suspects that management or those charged with governance are involved in non-

compliance, the auditor shall communicate the matter to the next higher level of authority at the entity, if it exists, such as an audit committee or supervisory board. Where no higher authority exists, or if the auditor believes that the communication may not be acted upon or is unsure as to the person to whom to report, the auditor shall consider the need to obtain legal advice.

Q. What shall be effect of Non Compliance on Auditor’s Report?

1. When Auditor has Sufficient and Appropriate Audit evidence that non compliance exist:-

If the auditor concludes that the non-compliance has a material effect on the financial statements, and has not been adequately reflected in the financial statements, the auditor shall, in accordance SA-700 express a qualified or adverse opinion on the financial statements.

2. When auditor has limitations on scope of Audit :-

If the auditor is prohibited by management or those charged with governance from obtaining sufficient appropriate audit evidence regarding non-compliance the auditor shall express a qualified opinion or disclaim an opinion on the financial statements on the basis of a limitation on the scope of the audit in accordance with SA-700

Furhter , If the auditor has identified or suspects non-compliance with laws and regulations, the auditor shall determine whether the auditor has a responsibility to report the identified or suspected non-compliance to parties outside the entity.

December 21, 2010

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