Why and How Audits Must Change: Practical Guidance to Improve Your Audits by Thomas P. Houck

Why and How Audits Must Change: Practical Guidance to Improve Your Audits by Thomas P. Houck
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Why and How Audits Must Change: Practical Guidance to Improve Your Audits

by Thomas P. Houck



Here are the essential steps that accounting firms must take to improve audit quality. The author provides detailed coverage of important topics such as risk-based auditing techniques, analytical procedures, technology, and internal controls. After explaining why frequently used audit approaches are inadequate for detecting material fraud, the author:

Provides specific and practical guidance to help auditors conduct higher quality audits

Offers guidance to financial executives on ways to evaluate their independent audits

Describes the steps that accounting firms must take to implement these much-needed changes

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

THOMAS P. HOUCK, CPA, is the Chairman of AuditWatch, Inc., the premier training firm in the audit profession. Widely recognized as one of America¡¯s top experts on auditing, Mr. Houck is often quoted and interviewed, and is a frequent speaker at major conferences. He has advised hundreds of accounting firms on techniques and approaches needed to conduct more effective and efficient audits, and led research efforts to identify new approaches for conducting such audits. In addition to authoring the successful subscription newsletter, The Efficient Auditor, from 1993 to 2003, Mr. Houck has contributed to Guide to Risk-Based Audits and Guide to Value-Added Audits.



TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface. 1. A Wake-Up Call for All Auditors.

2. Risk-Based Auditing: Savior or Villain?

3. The Risk of "Cooking the Books".

4. Other Risks and Considerations.

5. The Many Benefits of Analytical Procedures.

6. Common Pitfalls of Analytical Procedures.

7. An Easy Approach to Implementing Analytical Procedures.

8. Internal Control: The Misunderstood Child.

9. To Test or Not to Test.

10. Talkin' to the Client.

11. Data Extraction Software.

12. Action Steps.

Index.