(a) You have recently been appointed as the external auditor of XYZ Ltd. Explain the stages you would take in the conduct of your audit. (4 marks)
(b) In the context of the Companies Act (Cap. 486), outline the procedure for the removal of an auditor. (6 marks)
(c) The auditor should obtain sufficient and appropriate audit evidence to be able to draw reasonable conclusions on which to base the audit opinion.
Identify and briefly explain any three procedures for obtaining audit evidence.
(d) Briefly explain the meaning of the following terms in relation to audit reports:
(i) “Except for” opinion. (2 marks)
(ii) Disclaimer of opinion. (2 marks)
(Total: 20 marks)
(a) “The auditor must not only be independent, but must be seen to be independent.” Briefly comment on this statement. (4 marks)
(b) Suggest how the independence of an auditor may be strengthened (4 marks)
(c) Explain the challenges that auditors face in the process of being independent.
(d) Outline the ways in which an auditor may be held criminally liable in the course of his audit duties. (6 marks)
(e) Briefly explain what is meant by “the auditor’s duty of due professional care.”
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