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(Assessing control risk) An auditor is required to obtain a sufficient understanding of each of the components of an entity's system of internal control to plan the audit of the entity's financial statementsand to assess control risk for the assertions embodied in the account balance, transaction class, and disclosure components of the financial statements.

Required

1. Explain the reasons an auditor may assess control risk at the maximum level for one or more assertions embodied in an account balance.
2. What must an auditor do to support assessing control risk at less than the maximum level when the auditor has determined that controls have been placed in operation?
3. What should an auditor consider when seeking a further reduction in the planned assessed level of control risk?
4. What are an auditor's documentation requirements concerning an entity's system of internal control and the assessed level of control risk?

AICPA (adapted)

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11-21

(Assessing control risk) An auditor is required to obtain a sufficient understanding of each of the components of an entity's system of internal control to plan the audit of the entity's financial statements and to assess control risk for the assertions embodied in the account balance, transaction class, and disclosure components of the financial statements.

Required

1. Explain the reasons an auditor may assess control risk at the maximum level for one or more assertions embodied in an account balance.

The auditor may assess control risk at the maximum level if the controls are not likely to pertain to a specific assertion. The auditor may also assess a maximum control risk level if it would not be reasonable due to the conditions of the audit for the auditor to perform an evaluation of the company's controls. Another valid reason would be if the auditor has sufficient support to state ...

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(Assessing control risk) An auditor is required to obtain a sufficient understanding of each of the components of an entity's system of internal control to plan the audit of the entity's financial statementsand to assess control risk for the assertions embodied in the account balance, transaction class, and disclosure components of the financial statements.

Required

1. Explain the reasons an auditor may assess control risk at the maximum level for one or more assertions embodied in an account balance.
2. What must an auditor do to support assessing control risk at less than the maximum level when the auditor has determined that controls have been placed in operation?
3. What should an auditor consider when seeking a further reduction in the planned assessed level of control risk?
4. What are an auditor's documentation requirements concerning an entity's system of internal control and the assessed level of control risk?

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11-21 (Assessing control risk) An auditor is required to obtain a sufficient understanding of each
of the components of an entity's system of internal control to plan the audit of the entity's
financial statements and to assess control risk for the assertions embodied in the account
balance, transaction class, and disclosure components of the financial statements.

Required
a. Explain the reasons an auditor may assess control risk at the maximum level for one or
more assertions embodied in an account balance.

b. What must an auditor do to support assessing control risk at less than the maximum
level when the auditor has determined that controls have been placed in operation?

c. What should an auditor consider when seeking a further reduction in the planned
assessed level of control risk?

d. What are an auditor's documentation requirements concerning an entity's system of
internal control and the assessed level of control risk?

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