Computer Aided Audit Techniques
Audit functions formerly performed manually are now performed using stan- dard financial accounting software, modified as necessary for a particular system. Generally, much of the same information is requested and analyzed as in a traditional audit. Once verified using computer techniques, data is retained so it can be used in other areas of the audit including error identi- fication and segregation of transactions within accounts. Customized re- ports are generated by computer and a standard audit trail is maintained.
Most importantly, it saves time for you and DOR with no loss of quality or accuracy. Secondly, by analyzing data and generating specific reports using a standard program, data analysis is focused and allows for any future adjustment to be made with minimal effort. Thirdly, preliminary data can often be analyzed early in the audit process and a more efficient audit plan can be devised earlier.
Computer Assisted Sampling. This permits the use of random statisti- cal sampling, which tends to be more accurate and saves time in those instances in which it is appropriate (see FAQ section for details).
Files are combined, compared, managed, segregated and ordered automatically using generally accepted computerized file man- agement. Adjustments or other changes to data and reports are easily ac- complished. The DOR auditor will review your accounts in order to request specific information from your records essential to the audit.
Generally, no. The use of Computer Assisted Audit Techniques automates what was previously done manually.
No. It can be used to reconcile accounts, analyze data and select various aspects of any type of computerized records which the auditor and taxpayer find useful to complete any tax audit.
Not necessarily. You and the auditor will determine which parts of your audit are best performed using CAATS.
Transactions that occurred throughout the audit period are sampled instead of choosing a “block” of transactions during specific time periods. Com- posite data is analyzed and stratified to create sets of transactions called stratum. Data is stratified so that individual transactions relate directly in importance to the entire population. Standard scientific sampling tech- niques are employed, consistent with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, to derive a sample population of the strata. Transactions are selected on a random basis throughout each stratum. The result is a
sample that represents all the transactions within audit population.
No. Multiple computerized methods can be used during your audit.
No. In this situation, we may use two separate analyses and simply com-
bine them to produce the audit result.
Yes. You will be provided ample time to discuss this with anyone of your choosing prior to your audit.
Yes. You may prefer to receive them in a computerized format (DVD, CD), or you can request a “hard copy” format.
Usually yes; however, to maintain the integrity of your computer systems and ours we have specific requirements that must be adhered to if data is to be transmitted via the Internet. Request additional information from your auditor.
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