A Hymn for the Auditors

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Errors are unintentional, Making internal controls including internal checks vital;

Frauds are deliberate, Several risks they procreate, Material misstatements which can create;

Data security issues aplenty, Evidences to be sufficient, not scanty;

Transactions with lack of trail, Auditors can’t act frail, Need for alternative procedures like visually impaired use Braille;

For conclusions that are apt, Auditors may turn to CAAT;

Reasonable assurance is important, For the confidence various stakeholders have lent, That cannot be misspent;

Narrative records, checklists, questionnaires and flowcharts assist in review of internal control system, Smoothening the process of planning and execution, avoiding mayhem;

Appointment in order, Documentation in place, Professional ethics to remain the base;

Self-interest, self-review, advocacy, familiarity and intimidation are threats to independence, Required both ‘of mind’ and ‘in appearance’;

Existence, completeness, valuation, disclosure, inter-alia, form attributes to be verified, Primary responsibility of management cannot be denied, In case of immaterial lapses, not to be vilified.

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