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  • What are the Benefits of a Recovery Audit?

    Organizations spend significant money on purchasing goods and services from their vendors. These expenses should be monitored more closely, leading to overpayments, duplicate payments, and other financial discrepancies. A recovery audit is a systematic process that identifies and recovers vendor overpayments. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of a recovery audit. Definition A […]

  • What is the Objective of a Review Engagement?

    A review engagement is an assurance engagement performed by a professional accountant in public practice. The objective of a review engagement is to provide limited assurance that the financial statements of an entity are plausible and free from material misstatement.  Unlike an audit engagement, a review engagement provides a lower level of assurance and does […]

  • Internal Audit Function: A Guide to Outsourcing

    The internal audit function is essential to any organization’s governance framework. It is responsible for evaluating and improving the effectiveness of the organization’s risk management, control, and governance processes. Internal auditors help organizations identify areas of improvement, identify potential risks, and assess the effectiveness of existing controls. Outsourcing the internal audit function can benefit organizations […]

  • Common Challenges in Dealing with External Auditors: Tips for a Successful External Audit Process

    External audits are an essential aspect of any organization’s financial management. They are conducted by independent professionals, who are not employed by the organization being audited. These professionals are known as external auditors.  The purpose of an external audit is to provide an unbiased evaluation of an organization’s financial statements. This article will discuss what […]

  • What are Forensic Accounting Investigations? (A Comprehensive Guidance)

    Definition: Forensic accounting investigations involve using accounting and investigative skills to examine financial transactions and identify evidence of financial crimes, such as fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering.  The term “forensic” refers to applying accounting and investigative techniques to legal issues and court proceedings. Forensic accountants may work in various contexts, including law enforcement agencies, accounting […]

  • What is Debt Service Coverage Ratio? Definition, Calculation, and More

    Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR) is a financial metric that measures a company’s ability to service its debt obligations. It is commonly used by lenders, creditors, and investors to assess the risk associated with a company’s debt and determine its creditworthiness. This article will cover the definition, formula, and uses of the Debt Service Coverage […]

  • How to Calculate the Solvency Ratio? (Tips to Improve It)

    The solvency ratio is a financial metric that measures a company’s ability to meet its long-term debt obligations. It is calculated by comparing a company’s assets to its liabilities. The solvency ratio is an essential indicator of a company’s financial health and ability to sustain long-term operations. The solvency ratio is used by investors, creditors, […]

  • ISA 220: Quality Control for an Audit of Financial Statements

    International Standard on Auditing (ISA) 220, Quality Control for an Audit of Financial Statements, is an important standard issued by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB). This standard guides the auditor in implementing and maintaining a quality control system for auditing financial statements. The objective of ISA 220 is to establish requirements and […]

  • A Technical Guide to International Standards on Auditing for Less Complex Entities (ISAs for LCEs)

    The International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) provide a framework of principles and guidance for conducting audits in a consistent and effective manner. While the ISAs were designed to be applied to all types of audits, they can be challenging to apply to audits of Less Complex Entities (LCEs). This is because LCEs are typically smaller […]

  • The Role of Professional Skepticism in Enhancing Audit Quality

    Professional skepticism is a key component of the audit process that plays a vital role in enhancing audit quality. As auditors are tasked with providing an independent and objective assessment of a company’s financial statements, professional skepticism helps them to maintain a critical mindset and approach their work with a healthy dose of skepticism. Why […]

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