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Title: Recent trends in Maltese modified audit reports
Authors: Vassallo, Jean Paul
Keywords: Financial statements -- Malta
Auditing -- Malta
Auditors' reports -- Malta
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: Purpose: the objective of this dissertation is to analyse recent trends in Maltese modified audit reports. Previous studies by Farrugia (2003) and Grech (2007) served as a basis for the compilation of this study which analysed trends in Maltese Modified Audit Reports between 2005 and 2009 and compared such trends with those between 1997 and 2004. Design: the objectives of this study were achieved through quantitative and qualitative research methods. The first part of the research involved analysing the audit reports of a random sample of 374 companies registered with the Registry of Companies, whilst the second part of the study consisted of semi-structured interviews conducted with ten audit partners from selected audit firms in Malta. Findings: the modification rate obtained in this study for the period 2005 to 2009 was 31.7%. Furthermore, the study also obtained an average qualification rate of 23.04%. The majority of qualifications were attributed to private exempt companies and international trading companies non-exempt companies. Generally, private exempt companies had their audit report qualified on the basis of limitation on scope whilst the majority of international trading companies qualifications received a qualification due to disagreement with management. The findings revealed that non-Big Four auditors were more likely to issue audit reports that are not strictly in compliance with the applicable auditing standards. The findings also show that when compared to previous studies, there has been a slight increase in the qualification rate in the period under review. It was also noted that the 'small company qualification', a qualification which has been long abolished was still being used in the auditor's reports till 2009. Conclusions: the results show that there is still much room for improvement in audit reporting in Malta. Whilst the Big Four audit firms do not seem to have any issues in appropriately adhering to audit reporting standards, the smaller audit firms and sole practitioners were found to still be the main cause for inappropriate audit reporting. Value: the findings of the study highlighted key areas where audit quality is lacking in Malta. More guidance to smaller audit firms and sole practitioners is needed to enhance auditor reporting in Malta.
Description: B.ACCTY.(HONS)
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacEma - 2013
Dissertations - FacEMAAcc - 2013

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