Special Considerations — Audits of Single Financial Statements and Specific Elements, Accounts or Items of a Financial Statement

CAS 805

Special Considerations — Audits of Single Financial Statements and Specific Elements, Accounts or Items of a Financial Statement

CAS 805

Scope of this CAS
  • CAS 805 deals with audit of a single F/S or of a specific element, account or item of a F/S
  • Examples of specific elements, accounts or items of a F/S
    • Accounts receivable, inventory, the recorded value of identified intangible assets
    • A schedule of net tangible assets, including related notes
    • A schedule of disbursements in relation to a lease property
Considerations When Accepting the Engagement
  • Must comply with all other CASs relevant to the audit
  • If the auditor is not also engaged to audit the entity’s complete set of F/S, determine whether the audit of a single F/S or of a specific element of those F/S is practicable
  • Determine the acceptability of the financial reporting framework used to prepare the F/S
    • The financial reporting framework should result in a presentation that provides adequate disclosures to enable the intended users to understand the information conveyed in the F/S or the element, and the effect of material transactions and events
  • The engagement letter should mention the expected form of any reports to be issued by the auditor
  • If the auditor takes on an engagement to report on a single F/S or on a specific element of a F/S in conjunction with an engagement to audit the entity’s complete set F/S, express a separate opinion for each engagement
  • If the opinion in the auditor’s report on an entity’s complete set of F/S is modified, or that report includes an Emphasis of Matter paragraph or an Other Matter paragraph, determine the effect that this may have on the auditor’s report on a single F/S or on a specific element of those F/S
  • If the auditor expresses an adverse opinion or disclaimer of an opinion on the complete set of F/S, the auditor is not allowed to include in the same auditor’s report an unmodified opinion on a single F/S or a specific element that forms part of those F/S
    • Doing so would contradict the adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion on the whole F/S
  • If the auditor expresses an adverse opinion or disclaimer of an opinion on the entity’s complete set of F/S but in the audit of a specific element the auditor considers it appropriate to express an unmodified opinion on that element, the auditor should only express an unmodified opinion if:
    1. The auditor is not barred by law or regulation from doing so
    2. That opinion is expressed in an auditor’s report that is not published together with the auditor’s report containing the adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion
    3. The specific element does not constitute a major portion of the entity’s complete set of F/S
  • The auditor is not allowed to express an unmodified opinion on a single F/S of a complete set of F/S (i.e. the income statement) if the auditor has expressed an adverse opinion or disclaimed an opinion on the complete set of F/S as a whole (even if the auditor’s report on the single F/S is not published together with the auditor’s report containing the adverse or disclaimer of opinion)
    • This is because a single F/S is deemed to constitute a major portion of those F/S

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