Engagement Letter

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Introduction ................................................................................................... 1-4 Audit Engagement Letters ............................................................................. 5-9 Recurring Audits ............................................................................................ 10-11 Acceptance of a Change in Engagement ........................................................ 12-19 Appendix 1: Example of an Audit Engagement Letter

Appendix 2: ISA 210 Amended as a Result of ISA 700

International Standard on Auditing (ISA) 210, “Terms of Audit Engagements” should be read in the context of the “Preface to the International Standards on Quality Control, Auditing, Review, Other Assurance and Related Services,” which sets out the application and authority of ISAs.

* ISA 315, “Understanding the Entity and Its Environment and Assessing the Risks of Material Misstatement,” ISA 330, “The Auditor’s Procedures in Response to Assessed Risks” and ISA 500, “Audit Evidence” gave rise to conforming amendments to ISA 210. These conforming amendments are effective for audits of financial statements for periods beginning on or after December 15, 2004 and have been incorporated in the text of ISA 210.

ISRE 2410, “Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity” gave rise to a conforming amendment to ISA 210. This amendment is effective for audits of financial statements for periods beginning on or after December 15, 2006 and has been incorporated in the text of ISA 210.

ISA 700, “The Independent Auditor’s Report on a Complete Set of General Purpose Financial Statements” gave rise to conforming amendments to ISA 210. Implementation of these amendments has been deferred until such time as proposed ISA 800 (Revised and Redrafted), “Special Considerations―Audits of Special Purpose Financial Statements and Specific Elements, Accounts or Items of a Financial Statement” becomes effective. The amended ISA 210 is set out in Appendix 2 to this ISA.

TERMS OF AUDIT ENGAGEMENTS
ISA 210 230

Introduction
1. The purpose of this International Standard on Auditing (ISA) is to establish standards and provide guidance on:
(a) Agreeing the terms of the engagement with the client; and (b) The auditor’s response to a request by a client to change the terms of an engagement to one that provides a lower level of assurance. 2. The auditor and the client should agree on the terms of the engagement. The agreed terms would need to be recorded in an audit engagement letter or other suitable form of contract.

3. This ISA is intended to assist the auditor in the preparation of engagement letters relating to audits of financial statements. The guidance is also applicable to related services. When other services such as tax, accounting, or management advisory services are to be provided, separate letters may be appropriate.

4. In some countries, the objective and scope of an audit and the auditor’s obligations are established by law. Even in those situations the auditor may still find audit engagement letters informative for their clients.

Audit Engagement Letters
5. It is in the interest of both client and auditor that the auditor sends an engagement letter, preferably before the commencement of the engagement, to help in avoiding misunderstandings with respect to the engagement. The engagement letter documents and confirms the auditor’s acceptance of the appointment, the objective and scope of the audit, the extent of the auditor’s responsibilities to the client and the form of any reports.

Principal Contents
6. The form and content of audit engagement letters may vary for each client, but they would generally include reference to:
• The objective of the audit of financial statements;
• Management’s responsibility for the financial statements; • The scope of the audit, including reference to applicable legislation, regulations, or...
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