Revised Effective Date/Applicability of three Standards on Auditing- SA 700, SA 705, SA 706

Posted: 25/04/2012 in Announcements, Audit, ICAI, Standards on Auditing (SA)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Important Announcement on revised Effective Date/ Applicability of three Standards on Auditing, namely –

– SA 700 (Revised), “Forming an Opinion and Reporting on Financial Statements”;

– SA 705, “Modifications to the Opinion in the Independent Auditor’s Report”;

– SA 706, “Emphasis of Matter Paragraphs and Other Matter Paragraphs in the Independent Auditor’s Report”

During the last few weeks, the President and Vice-President, during their interaction with members especially statutory central and branch auditors of banks, business community and Council Members, have been urged that concerted efforts be made by the Institute by way of regular CPE and other programmes to familiarise the practicing members with the requirements of the following three Standards on Auditing namely:

– SA 700 (Revised), “Forming an Opinion and Reporting on Financial Statements”;

–  SA 705, “Modifications to the Opinion in the Independent Auditor’s Report”;

– SA 706, “Emphasis of Matter Paragraphs and Other Matter Paragraphs in the Independent Auditor’s Report”

which were issued in 2010 to be effective/applicable for audits of financial statements for the periods beginning on or after 1.4.2011 and only after ensuring adequate education, publicity and familiarization, the said standards, be made mandatory.

The above concerns were shared by the President and Vice-President among other Council colleagues and thereafter based on the view emerged, the President directed the office to circulate a proposal, under Regulation 165, among Council Members for taking a decision on postponement by one year of the applicability of aforementioned Standards on Auditing.

Accordingly, a proposal for postponement by one year of the effective date/applicability of the above mentioned three Standards on Auditing was circulated among Council Members for taking a decision in the matter, in accordance with the applicable provisions of Regulation 165 of the Chartered Accountants Regulations 1988. The decision so taken by the Council is as follows:

“The Council, in partial modification of the decision taken by it at its 291st meeting held in December, 2009, decided that the effective date/applicability of the following Standards on Auditing –

a) SA 700 (Revised), “Forming an Opinion and Reporting on Financial Statements”;

b) SA 705, “Modifications to the Opinion in the Independent Auditor’s Report”;

c) SA 706, “Emphasis of Matter Paragraphs and Other Matter Paragraphs in the Independent Auditor’s Report”

be postponed by one year and consequently the said Standards shall now be effective/applicable for audits of financial statements for periods beginning on or after 1st April, 2012 (instead of audits of financial statements for periods beginning on or after 1st April, 2011 as was earlier decided and referred to above).

The suggestion of some members on issue of suitable clarification in respect of those members who have since issued the audit reports in consonance with the said Standards i.e. under new format, shall be brought before the Council at its next meeting for addressing the same appropriately.”

This is for information and compliance of all concerned.

Click here to download the complete text of the above Announcement in PDF Format- Important Announcement on revised Effective Date/ Applicability of three Standards on Auditing.

Source: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

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