Part I.B of an inspection report describes instances of non-compliance with PCAOB standards or rules that do not relate directly to the sufficiency or appropriateness of the evidence supporting the firms opinions. Executing high-quality audits is our number one priority, wrote Deloitte CEO Joseph Ucuzoglu and Deloitte & Touche chair and CEO Lara Abrash in response to the report.

PwC PwC has 295,371 employees across the world with 11,897 partners.

Ernst & Young LLP. Assumptions underlying estimates and use of information provided by the entity are stumbling blocks in financial statement audits.

The PCAOBs inspection process assists us in improving our audit performance and our underlying quality control systems. This compares to D&Ts 10 percent deficiency rate in 2019.

One of the two engagements in Part I.A included deficiencies related to both the audit of the financial statements and of ICFR; one included only a financial statement audit deficiency. There is no concrete evidence that this is the case.

PwC had just one exception in 2020. In contrast, the Board found deficiencies in over half of inspected BDO engagements, up from 42 percent last year.

| Tags: In the news, Auditing. The overall percentage of these firms inspected audits that the PCAOB found deficient fell from 24 percent in 2019 to 16 percent in 2020. First, as discussed in last years inspection summary (see 2019 Large Firm Inspection Reports, January-February 2021 Update), during the last several years the PCAOB has increased the percentage of inspected engagements selected for inspection at random, rather than based on risk. The Quality Council, which includes two outside members, advises our Partnership Board and Senior Leadership Team on our audit quality, and provides deep, practical, and objective advice regarding ways we can continue to deliver high quality., For RSM, the deficiencies mainly related to the firms testing of controls over and/or substantive testing of the allowance for loan losses.

Only one engagement of the 52 that were subject to inspection being included in part 1.A, that reflects a number of steps were taking to enhance our assurance work.

In Part I.B of the inspection report, the PCAOB identified 19 instances of noncompliance with PCAOB standards or rules that did not relate directly to the evidence the firm obtained to support its opinion. The PCAOB also posted annual inspection reports for several smaller firms Tuesday, including Cohen & Company, MaloneBailey, Marcum and Moss Adams. That is reflected in the results. This compares to KPMGs 29 percent deficiency rate in 2019.

PCAOB 2020 Inspection Results: Deficiency Rates Fall, Internal controls over financial reporting, Response to the risks of material misstatement. The third most frequent financial statement audit deficiency was Did not perform sufficient testing of the accuracy and completeness of data or reports used in the firms substantive testing. This presumably refers to auditor use of reports generated by the clients IT system without adequate testing of report accuracy. GAAP Dynamics is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. Therefore, the number of Part I.B violations in a firms inspection report is not directly comparable to the number in other firms reports or to the number reported in prior years. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (, Standards and Emerging Issues Advisory Group, Implementation Resources for PCAOB Standards and Rules, Inspections-Related Board Reports and Statements, Updated PCAOB Staff Considerations on Recommending the Identification of Issuers and/or Broker-Dealers in Settled Enforcement Orders, PCAOB Cooperative Arrangements with Non-U.S. Regulators, Board Determinations Under the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act, Audit Reports Issued by PCAOB-Registered Firms Located Where Authorities Deny Access to Conduct Inspections, The International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators and Other International Organizations, Information for Auditors of Broker-Dealers, Conference on Auditing and Capital Markets, PCAOB International Institute on Audit Regulation.

In 2020, 24.7 percent were random selections, slightly more than in 2019. RSM US LLP is committed to using the inspection comments and observations to improve our system of quality control. In 2019, over half (55.3 percent) of the most frequently cited deficiencies affected the ICFR audit.

As I searched for warm places to rent a house on the beach, I received an email in my inbox from the PCAOB announcing they had released 12(!) Global revenues increased by 4% to $40 billion. Registered firms that issue 100 or fewer audit reports for issuers are, in general, inspected at least once every three years.

Make sure you're getting it all, The 2022 Top 100 Firms and Regional Leaders, IRS implements new fingerprinting process for e-file, The workplace of the future: The war for talent, Xero releases basic accounting app for small biz, freelancers, Tax Fraud Blotter: Reaping what they sowed, Senators introduce bills on child tax credit, cannabis, TIGTA: IRS cybersecurity falls short on 17 of 20 metrics, FASAB forming task force on climate reporting. As noted in past years, the audit deficiency description and auditing standard deficiency tables could be used as a checklist for topics audit committees may want to discuss with their auditor to understand how the auditor addressed, or plans to address, the most challenging areas in the companys audit. Nine of the 14 engagements in Part I.A included deficiencies related to both the audit of the financial statements and of ICFR; one included only a financial statement audit deficiency; and four included only an ICFR audit deficiency. These violations related to: AS 3101, The Auditor's Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When the Auditor Expresses an Unqualified Opinion (requiring the auditor to perform procedures to identify critical audit matters (CAMs) and to discuss CAMs in the auditors report) 25 violations (out of 134 engagements reviewed). In Part I.B of the inspection report, the PCAOB identified 6 instances of noncompliance with PCAOB standards or rules that did not relate directly to the evidence the firm obtained to support its opinion. The PCAOB found violations in the financial statement audit in 14 percent of the engagements it inspected, and 86 percent of engagements in Part I.A included a financial statement audit deficiency. The table below summarizes the results of the 2020 inspections of the six firms. The PCAOB reviewed 24 BDO issuer audits, 17 of which were integrated audits of both the financial statements and ICFR. Visit our course catalogto refresh your knowledge on any of these topics!

ICFR audit deficiencies seem to be leveling off. It is of course possible that what is changing is the inspection program, not the performance of the inspected firms. The table also shows the percentage of all deficiencies in the six reports that were based on each auditing standard. %%EOF The following table compares the performance of the six firms based on the number of audit deficiencies in each inspection report and the number of auditing standards associated with those deficiencies. It is hosted by GAAP Dynamics. The PCAOB inspection cycle having recently been completed, and our own internal inspection cycle also having been concluded, I feel really good about the progress weve made.

endstream endobj startxref It appears that the PCAOB does not review all inspected engagements for every type of Part I.B deficiency. I do want to give a shoutout to Cohen who has a zero percent deficiency rate (in both 2019 and 2018)!

Like PwC, Deloittes deficient engagement rate dropped into the single digits at 4 percent, continuing that firms multi-year record of declining deficiencies.

|Privacy Policy and Terms of Use| Sitemap. All five of the engagements in Part I.A included deficiencies related to both the audit of the financial statements and of ICFR.

Let us know if you might be interested! Two inspection-process factors may however have played some role in the improvement in aggregate firm deficiency rates. While we are facing significant uncertainties in our working world and society in general right now, our commitment to audit quality remains constant., For Deloitte, the deficiencies mainly involved the firms testing of controls over and/or substantive testing of inventory and revenue and related accounts.

And while youre at it, make sure to download our FREE PCAOB eBook, which analyzes PCAOB inspection reports of the annually inspected firms over the past ten years (with all these new reports I guess its time for another edition!). We remain committed in making audit quality our top priority, said the firm.

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Notably, however, Cohen & Co. hasnt received a deficient audit since 2017. It will be interesting to see whether this trend of declining ICFR violations continues in 2021. As noted above, Part I.B of an inspection report describes auditing standard or PCAOB rule violations discovered in the inspection that did not directly affect the auditors opinion. The table below summarizes the results of the 2020 inspections of the six firms.

This compares to EYs 18 percent deficiency rate in 2019.

Further, the PCAOB has stated that in 2020 it adjusted its inspection approach to consider the impact of COVID-19 on the audits to public companies. See, AUDIT COMMITTEE AND AUDITOR OVERSIGHT UPDATE, Spotlight: Staff Update and Preview of 2020 Inspection Observations.

Like PwC, Deloittes deficiency rate also dropped into the single digits at 4 percent. And Moss Adams was added during 2019.

Firms that issue 100 audit reports (or less) are generally inspected at least once every three years and firms that issue more than 100 audit reports are inspected annually. For the six firms, on an aggregate basis, these areas were: Revenue and related accounts 24 deficiencies, Allowance for loan losses 3 deficiencies, Goodwill and intangibles 2 deficiencies. In 2020, that gap rose to 52 percent (2 percent for PwC versus 54 percent for BDO). Performing high-quality audits with independence, integrity and professional skepticism is at the heart of our responsibilities as auditors, said EY in response to the report. For the one exception, deficiencies were identified in revenue and inventory. AS 1301, Communications with Audit Committees (requiring the auditor to communicate certain matters to the audit committee) 13 violations (out of 73 engagements reviewed).

The rate of deficient audits has been improving.

The PCAOB reviewed 52 EY issuer audits, 47 of which were integrated audits of both the financial statements and ICFR. In 2019, that figure grew to 23.7 percent. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Since 2002, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act authorizes the PCAOB to inspect registered public accounting firms.

The inspectors found ICFR audit deficiencies in 14 percent of the integrated audits they inspected, down from 23 percent in 2019 and 26 percent in 2018. (The exception was BDO; its deficient engagement rate rose from 42 percent in 2019 to 54 percent in 2020.)

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Add a new comment: This blog shares our insights and conversations about accounting, auditing, and training matters. This post explores the results of the 2020 PCAOB inspection cycle. In the PwC inspection, five deficiencies with six associated standards violations were found (all in one engagement) out of 52 engagements inspected an average of 0.10 deficiencies and 0.12 standards per inspected engagement. EY published its annual review report in September.

Would be interesting to read the next years report and see if similar percentages can be maintained by PwC and Deloitte. The PCAOB reviewed 52 PwC issuer audits, 50 of which were integrated audits of both the financial statements and ICFR. The PCAOB described 18 deficiencies, associated with 21 auditing standard violations, in the eight engagements in Part I.A. In this blog well look into the total workforce of big4 firms and their gender representation.

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As lifelong learners, we believe training is important. Some of these firms are new to the annual review cycle. The most frequent Part I.A deficiency affecting the financial statement audit was a consequence of deficiencies in control testing: Did not perform substantive procedures to obtain sufficient evidence as a result of overreliance on controls (due to deficiencies in testing controls). The second most frequent financial statement audit deficiency was Did not sufficiently evaluate significant assumptions or data that the issuer used in developing an estimate. Deficiencies related to evaluating assumptions underlying estimates is a perennial audit challenge.

2022 GAAP Dynamics All Rights Reserved. Seven of the 13 engagements in Part I.A included deficiencies related to both the audit of the financial statements and of ICFR; four included only a financial statement audit deficiency; and two included only an ICFR audit deficiency. The following represent the 2019 top 5 accounts (areas) for both the Big 4 and Non-Big 4 firms: We also have online, eLearning courses covering each of these top 5 areas. KPMG LLP. In each inspection report, the PCAOB lists the most frequently identified audit deficiencies, divided between the most frequent deficiencies in financial statement (FS) audits and the most frequent deficiencies in ICFR audits.

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The Sarbanes-Oxley Act authorizes the PCAOB to inspect registered firms for the purpose of assessing compliance with certain laws, rules, and professional standards in connection with a firm's audit work for public companies, other issuers, and broker-dealer clients.

Overall, large firm audit quality appears to have improved modestly in 2020.

AS 1215, Audit Documentation (requiring the auditor to assemble a final set of work papers) 8 violations (out of 129 engagements reviewed). We believe it is good practice for all firms, regardless of size, to analyze audit deficiencies detailed in PCAOB inspection reports, make necessary changes to their audit procedures, and improve the quality of their training. Quality is our highest priority and is the foundation of all that we do at Grant Thornton, said Grant Thornton CEO Bradley Preber and national managing partner of audit services Jeffrey Burgess. Meet the Newest Members of GAAP Dynamics! We have a long history of audit quality founded on our commitment to integrity, objectivity and excellence., For Crowe, the deficiencies mainly related to the firms testing of controls over and/or substantive testing of business combinations, the allowance for loan losses, and investment securities. There are pronounced differences between the inspection results of the six large firms. There are pronounced differences between the inspection results of the six large firms. The tables above focus on the percentage of inspected engagements found to have at least one audit deficiency.

PwC and Deloitte led the way with just 2% and 4% deficient audits during 2020, respectively. Certain of the deficiencies identified are of such significance that it appears (in the opinion of the PCAOB inspection team) that the audit firm, at the time it issued its audit report, had not obtained sufficient appropriate audit evidence to support its opinion (these are referred to as Part I.A deficiencies in the inspection report).

1. Further, the PCAOB has stated that in 2020 it adjusted its inspection approach to consider the impact of COVID-19 on the audits to public companies. See Spotlight: Staff Update and Preview of 2020 Inspection Observations.

While these steps were certainly appropriate, it is possible that remote inspection procedures and a focus on how firms dealt with the pandemic caused inspectors to be less likely to turn up audit deficiencies that would have been detected in traditional inspections. Want to learn more about how GAAP Dynamics can help you? In each inspection report, the PCAOB lists the financial statement accounts or audit areas in which deficiencies in Part I of that report most frequently occurred. The PCAOB is required to inspect audit firms that audit public companies and broker-dealers at least once every three years. The PCAOB has also been overhauling the format of its reports to make them easier to read. In 14 of the 53 audits (26 percent), the PCAOB staff identified deficiencies of such significance that it appeared that the firm had not obtained sufficient appropriate audit evidence to support its opinion. When selecting audits for review, the PCAOB uses both risk-based and random methods of selection. The detailed summary of Part I deficiencies of audit firms is noted below: Marked improvement by the big4 firms in 2020. The table also indicates what percentage of the engagements in Part I of the six reports included these deficiencies.

Copyright 2003-2022 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Im thrilled with the progress that weve made, but I also know that the progress is not over, said PwC U.S. assurance leader Wes Bricker.

Part I.A of a firms inspection report describes audit deficiencies of such significance that it appeared to the PCAOB that the firm had not obtained sufficient appropriate audit evidence to support its opinion on the financial statements and/or internal control over financial reporting (ICFR) of the issuer (i.e., the public company under audit) at the time the opinion was released. As discussed in the Comments section below, the 2020 reports suggest five observations: Overall, large firm audit quality appears to have improved modestly in 2020.

These reports completed the release of 2020 inspection reports for annually inspected firms. The Big 4 saw a high of nearly 40% during 2013.

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The PCAOB described nine deficiencies, associated with ten auditing standard violations, in the two engagements in Part I.A.

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