Audit Essentials: Auditor Independence – The Regulator’s View

This paper was written by Katrina Fletcher SSA™ SSAud™, Managing Director, Elite Super.

With the changes to SMSF legislation, your audit practice systems and processes will be tested. Checking the integrity and validity of your procedures against the new legislation will be a work in progress. Getting the basics right is now more important than ever.

If independence is amiss, other aspects of the audit are immediately suspect & prone to inspection.

This paper details:

  • Auditor Independence – what is it and defences that just don’t cut it!
  • Scenarios of independence, the threats and what can be done to protect your business
  • Examples of when things go wrong for SMSF auditors and how to avoid them
  • Documenting auditor independence – if it is not documented, it is not done!

At the time of publishing, the contents of this resource were accurate and correct.

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