Federation Business School

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Are accountancy and the accounting profession helped or hindered by the now existing (and increasing) voluminous number of regulatory statutes and accounting standards?


Here are the top 12 things bad auditors do:


1. Impose their own opinions

2. Write findings that are not supported with objective evidence

3. Blindly tick items off checklists, with no thought for what matters

4. Believe the paperwork and ignore what’s actually happening on the ground

5. Allow their own prejudices to blind them to what is actually happening

6. Audit against “best practice”; a moving target that’s often the auditor’s personal opinion

7. Write findings that are gross generalisations, not supported by the facts

8. Feel obliged to find something wrong even if all is well

9. Allow cost-cutting to starve the audit of the time required to do it properly

10. Support managers who set objectives that might be SMRT but aren’t Achievable (because the manager has bitten off more than he can chew and can’t afford adequate resources)

11. Support managers who set objectives that aren’t even SMART

12. Forge a close relationship with managers so that they can write disingenuous audit findings that lead to consultancy business – sometimes at the expense of people’s jobs.


Question 3.



Explain how auditing and auditors deal with such issues.


Question 4.


Why should we trust directors? How are shareholders’ protected?

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