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3. Sufficient competent evidential matter is to be obtained through inspection, observation, inquiries, and confirmations to afford a reasonable basis for an opinion regarding the financial statements under audit.
4. The report shall contain either an expression of opinion regarding the financial statements, taken as a whole, or an assertion to the effect that an opinion cannot be expressed.
The fact that the external auditors will not be able to physically inspect or examine the audit procedures does not comply with the GAAS (Standards of Field Work, No. 3). This standard explicitly requires the auditor's ability to examine, inspect, observe and confirm the accounting information obtained during the audit procedures.
Standard No. 3 of GAAS General Standards requires "mental independence" on the part of the auditor, which might not be fulfilled because the acquiring auditing firm's principal partner is a cousin to TPC's CEO. In this situation, the auditor might not be able to give a free and independent opinion and rather be under significant pressure throughout the process.
The last situation is entirely in violation of GAAS Standards of Reporting No. 1. This standard requires that the company's financial statements should be in full compliance with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). However, according to the aforesaid situation, TPC's accounting records have not been prepared in accordance with the GAAP standards.
In order to bring the audit in compliance with the GAAS standards, the first action that should be taken is to provide the auditor complete mental freedom to undertake the audit process and independently obtain the infor ...
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