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    Scope Limitation

    A scope limitation is a restriction on an audit that is caused by the client, issues beyond the control of the client, or other events that do not allow the auditor to complete all aspects of his or her audit procedures. Examples of events causing a scope limitation are the disappearance of relevant evidentiary matter and the client's restriction on contact with customers to confirm the existence of accounts receivable.

    Scope limitations affect the ability of an auditor to render a clean opinion on the financial statements of a client.