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What should auditors do if their evidence is questioned? If someone thinks that the evidence is actually NOT persuasive and that the conclusions are inaccurate, what should the auditor do? How should that situation be handled?

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If the auditor's evidence does not appear persuasive while the audit is going on, the auditor is required to expand scope and gather more ...

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The discussion is 95 words and explains what should happen if the finding is before or after the opinion is issued.

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a. For each conclusion or situation listed, identify the type of audit evidence needed to support the auditor's conclusion.
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