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AICPA ASB issues standard for auditors involved with exempt offering documents

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Jul 26, 2017

On July 26, 2017, the AICPA Auditing Standards Board (ASB) issued a new auditing standard. The new standard establishes when an auditor is involved with an exempt offering document and describes the procedures an auditor is required to follow when involved with such a document.

The Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 133, Auditor Involvement With Exempt Offering Documents, does not amend or supersede any previous guidance and will take effect for exempt offering documents that are initially distributed, circulated, or submitted on or after June 15, 2018.

An auditor’s involvement with an exempt offering document is established under SAS No. 133 if both of the following occur:

  • The auditor’s report on financial statements or the auditor’s review report on interim financial information is included or incorporated by reference in an exempt offering document; and
  • The auditor performs one or more specified activities with respect to the exempt offering document.

When an auditor is involved with an exempt offering, SAS No. 133 requires the practitioner to perform procedures described in Paragraphs 6–16 of AU-C Section 720, Other Information in Documents Containing Audited Financial Statements, on the exempt offering document.

In addition, SAS No. 133 requires the auditor to perform procedures designed to identify events occurring between the date of the auditor’s report and the date of distribution, circulation, or submission of the exempt offering document that may have caused the auditor to revise the auditor’s report had the events been known to the auditor as of the date of the auditor’s report.

Review the article on the Journal of Accountancy's website.

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