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Internal Controls: Enhancing Compliance and Efficiency

Overcoming Frequently Faced Issues and Common Peer Review Comments

Recording of a 110-minute CPE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Monday, October 23, 2023

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This webinar will focus on the requirements regarding assessing internal control systems for financial statement audit purposes. The panelist will provide a perspective on the need for and benefits of the required assessment and optional testing of internal controls following AICPA generally accepted standards. In addition, the seminar will clarify some of the differences with PCAOB standards.


Two decades have passed since auditing standards were modified to require an assessment of the system of internal controls in response to observed dramatic audit failures and frauds. Since then, the COSO Internal Controls Framework, the basis for AICPA and PCAOB standards, has been updated to provide more structure to the concepts and promote better consistency and effectiveness in identifying material weaknesses in controls. Recently effective, SAS 145, Understanding the Entity and Its Environment and Assessing the Risks of Material Misstatement, has revised AU-C 315 and has updated auditor guidance on completing controls assessments. This seminar will identify these updated requirements and provide insight into efficient and effective compliance.

As a topic with an observed high rate of noncompliance in peer reviews and inspections, this webinar will explore some of those cited deficiencies and the reasons for them and suggest modifications to approaches and working practices to come into compliance. While viewed by some auditors as an unnecessary procedure for non-public entities, this requirement has reduced the incidence of audit failures, lessened litigation, and improved the reliability of business financial reporting. An issue is that the initial push for understanding how the assessment and documentation should be performed has waned, resulting in less training of partners and staff, less familiarity with the requirements and terminology, and more reliance on practice aids to perform the assessment.

Listen as Lynford Graham CPA, Ph.D., CFE emphasizes how SAS 145 affects internal control assessments and offers tips on evaluating these controls as well as for establishing best practices to augment technical guidance.



  1. Internal controls: an introduction
  2. Utilizing inherent, control, and analytical procedures to achieve a low risk audit
  3. Conflicting guidance
    1. PCAOB
    2. AICPA
    3. Uniform Guidance
  4. The impact of SAS No. 145 (Risk Assessment) on assessing systems of internal control
  5. The 17 required COSO principles
  6. Current assessment best practices
  7. Overcoming frequently faced issues and common peer review comments


The panelist will review these and other key issues:

  • Understanding the implications for assessing and/or testing systems of internal control
  • Developing best practices for efficiency and compliance when assessing controls
  • Identifying key changes required under SAS 145 in the assessment process, including new areas of emphasis in the standard
  • Identifying the implications of controls assessment findings and reporting requirements
  • Identifying the supportable size of test of controls for financial statement audit purposes


Graham, Lynford
Lynford Graham


Mr. Graham is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 40 years of public accounting experience in audit practice...  |  Read More

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