How to Audit Liabilities (CPE Course)

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CPE Credit: 1 hour

Course Type: Downloaded PDF materials with online test

Price (with PDF Textbook): $10


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Course Description
This course describes the characteristics of liabilities from an auditing perspective, and then goes on to describe the activities required to audit many types of liabilities, including accounts payable, accrued liabilities, and debt. There is a particular emphasis on the search for unrecorded liabilities. Background information concerning the accounting for liabilities is inserted into the text as needed.


Author: Steven Bragg

Course Number: AU1014

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Auditing Liabilities
Chapter 2. Accounting for Liabilities

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the key characteristics of liabilities.
  • Note the circumstances in which inherent risk is considered to be more likely.
  • Cite the different activities that can be used to examine accrued liabilities.
  • Describe the different types of analytical procedures that can be applied to liabilities.
  • Recognize the accounting rules related to loss contingencies and the fair value option.

Level: Overview

Instructional Method: QAS Self-Study

NASBA Category: Auditing

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

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