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PCAOB Chair Doty Warns Against Auditing Shortcuts

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board chairman James Doty told an audience of auditors that the public is expecting more from the audit profession and warned firms against skimping on audit quality.

PCAOB Chair Doty Warns Against Auditing Shortcuts


ACCOUNTING TODAY
BY MICHAEL COHNMELISSA HOFFMANN LAJARA

New York (November 30, 2012)

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board chairman James Doty told an audience of auditors that the public is expecting more from the audit profession and warned firms against skimping on audit quality.

He warned that for some firms, the independent audit has become a commodity to be contained with other costs.

“In the United States, large audit firms’ revenues from consulting are growing rapidly, at some firms more than 15 percent a year,” he said during an audit conference at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business in New York on Thursday, co-sponsored by the NASBA Center for the Public Trust. “Audit fees have stagnated at, basically, the inflation rate. Thus, audit practices have shrunk in comparison to audit firms’ other client service lines. This, I think, threatens to weaken the strength of the audit practice in the firm overall.”

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