To issue or not to issue a going concern opinion: A study of factors and incentives influencing auditors’ ability and decision to issue going concern opinions
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
If auditors question a company’s ability to continue existing, they should issue a going concern opinion in the audit report. Whether or not auditors will issue a going concern opinion depends on auditors’ ability to identify going concern problems, as well as their decision whether or not to issue going concern opinions. In Sweden, the going concern accuracy rate has been low compared to other countries. The aim of this study is therefore to analyse whether it is auditors’ lack of ability to identify going concern problems or their decision not to issue a going concern opinion, or perhaps both, that could explain the relatively low accuracy rate. Interviews with four auditors from the Big Four audit firms and four CFOs from middle sized companies were conducted. The results show that there are factors speaking both for and against auditors’ ability to identify going concern problems, why we cannot say for sure whether auditors’ lack of ability to identify going concern problems could be an explanation to the relatively low accuracy rate. The results do however reveal that auditors actively make decisions not to issue going concern opinions to their clients as much as possible, which could explain the relatively low accuracy rate.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 60 p.
Going concern, Auditors, Management, Type I misclassification, Type II misclassification, Regulation, Competence, Independence, Litigation, Reputation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-226641OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-226641DiVA: diva2:726923
Master Programme in Accounting, Auditing and Analysis