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Elements of the Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS)

O Describe the elements of the Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS).

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Following are the standards:

General Standards
1. The audit is to be performed by a person or persons having adequate technical training and proficiency as an auditor.
2. In all matters relating to the assignment, an independence in mental attitude is to be maintained by the auditor or auditors.
3. Due professional care is to be exercised in the planning and performance of the audit and the preparation of the report

Standards of Field Work
1. The work is to be adequately planned and assistants, if any, are to be properly supervised.
2. A sufficient understanding of internal control is to be obtained to plan the audit and to determine the nature, timing, and extent of tests to be performed.
3. Sufficient competent evidential matter is to be obtained through inspection, observation, inquiries, and confirmations to afford a reasonable basis for an opinion ...

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The 542 word solution clearly explains the standards used in auditing. Examples are presented for better understanding including a reference to two notable failures in the application of the general standards of auditing.