Briefly explain the types of audit opinion that would normally arise from a limitation in the scope of audit

Auditing and Assurance Revision Questions and Answers

If for any reason the auditor is unable to receive all the information and explanation he deems necessary for the purposes of his audit then there has been a limitation in the scope of his work. It means that the auditor is unable to conclude objectively because he is unable to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence.

Effect of a limitation in scope on the auditor‘s opinion

If the possible effect of a limitation on scope of an audit is material but not fundamental to the financial statements the auditor issues a qualified opinion (except for opinion)
If the possible effect of a limitation on scope of an audit is of fundamental importance that the auditor is unable to express an opinion on the financial statements, the auditor issues a disclaimer of opinion as mentioned above.

When there is a limitation on the scope of the auditor‘s work that requires the expression of a qualified opinion or disclaimer of opinion, the auditor should describe the nature of the limitation in his report and indicate the possible adjustments to the financial statements that might have been determined to be necessary, had the limitation not existed.



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