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Client Selection 1

Part 1

You are a CPA in a regional public accounting firm that has ten offices in three states. Mr. Shine has approached you with a request for an audit. He is the president of Hitech Software and Games Inc., a five-year-old company that has recently grown to $500 million in sales and $200 million in total assets. Shine is thinking about going public with a $25 million issue of common stock, of which $10 million would be a secondary issue of shares he holds. You are very happy about this opportunity because you know Shine is the new president of the Symphony Society board and has made quite a civic impression since he came to your medium-size city seven years ago. Hitech is one of the growing employers in the city. Referencing this week’s lecture, respond to the following:

  • Discuss the sources of information and the types of inquiries that you and the firm’s partners may make in connection with accepting Hitech as a new client.
  • Do professional audit standards require any investigation of prospective clients? Why or why not?
  • Suppose Shine also told you that ten years ago his closely-held hamburger franchise business went bankrupt. Upon investigation, you discover from former auditors (your own firm in another city) that Shine was fraudulent in its application of franchise-fee income recognition rules and presented such difficulties that your firm resigned from the audit (before the bankruptcy). Do you think the partner in charge of the audit practice should accept Hitech as a new client?
  • Part 2
  • Read the following Forbes article, Do we need new laws forcing the external auditing of social media algorithms? (Links to an external site.).In this article, the author examines the potential need for further scrutiny and auditing of the figures and results produced by companies operating social media platforms.After reading the article, address the following questions in your posting:
    • How are financial statement auditors suited to take on this proposed new role?
    • What additional knowledge, expertise, or skillsets might be required of the auditors in order to effectively complete the task?
    • If auditors were tasked with this type of responsibility, how might it alter their engagement planning and fraud risk assessment procedures?