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Narrowing the Expectation Gap in Auditing: The Role of the Auditing Profession

Okafor, Chinwuba A. and Otalor, John I. (2013) Narrowing the Expectation Gap in Auditing: The Role of the Auditing Profession. Research Journal of Finance and Accounting, 4 (2). pp. 43-52. ISSN 2222-2847

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The study sought to ascertain the role of the auditing profession in narrowing the audit expectation gap. Selfadministered questionnaires were used in the study. The data generated from the responses of the subjects were analyzed using descriptive and statistical analysis through the computer (SPSS 16.0). The result shows that the public is ignorant of the duties of the auditor and this lack of knowledge is responsible for unreasonable expectations of the public from auditors. Based on the findings and conclusion, it was recommended that the public need more education on the duties and responsibilities of the auditor, the standard auditor’s report should be expanded to include disclaimer clauses clearly showing that it is not a certificate or guarantee of the financial soundness of the auditee, it should be clearly stated in the audit report that the auditor is not the Compliance Officer of the audited company and that the auditors report should add that the opinion expressed by the auditor should not be construed to mean a guarantee of accuracy of the financial statements

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Audit expectation gap, auditing profession, public knowledge, and public confidence.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Management
Depositing User: Mr Solomon Bayoko
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2014 12:36
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2014 12:36

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