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Property, plant and equipment can range from a low-risk to a high-risk audit area, depending on the nature of transaction and events engaged in by the reporting entity. Construction, capitalized interest and complex leasing arrangements tend to result in higher risk of material misstatement. This module addresses tips and techniques for auditing tangible long-lived assets for various assessed risk levels, with a special emphasis on lease accounting under Topic 842.

Major Topics:

  • Typical audit risks and responses for tangible long-lived assets
  • Special issues related to initial recognition and capitalization, including capitalized interest
  • Key controls related to PP&E
  • Lease accounting requirements and practical application of Topic 842

Learning Objectives

  • Discover and discuss typical audit risks and special audit considerations for tangible long-lived assets.
  • Recognize and tailor a detailed audit plan to respond to assessed risk of material misstatement related to fixed assets and leases.
  • Explore and explain key controls related to property, plant, and equipment.
  • Discover and describe and apply lease accounting requirements, including the impact of Topic 842 lease accounting standard changes on both lessees and lessors.
Last updated/reviewed: June 24, 2021

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

13 CoursesAudit Training Level 1 - Beginning Staff

  1. Professional Skepticism - Creating a Mindset for Finding Fraud and Error
  2. Audit Documentation - Creating Workpapers That Pass Review
  3. Adapting to the Engagement - Differentiating the Requirements of Preparations, Compilations, Reviews, and Audits
  4. The Audit Risk Model - Understanding Foundational Principles
  5. Internal Control Fundamentals - Satisfying Audit Requirements for Evaluating Design and Implementation
  6. Auditing Cash - Applying Basic Skills to the Starting Point of Any Audit
  7. Auditing PP&E, Including Leases under Topic 842 - Digesting the Risks of Improper Treatment of Tangible Long-Lived Assets
  8. Auditing Inventory - Performing Required Observations and Other Common Procedures
  9. Analytical Procedures - Comprehending Financial Statement Audit Fundamentals
  10. Audit Reporting Fundamentals - Introducing Core Concepts in the Audited Financial Statement Drafting and Issuance Process
  11. AICPAs Code of Professional Conduct - Exploring the Foundational Principles Underlying the CPA Profession as a Whole
  12. Accounting Update - Hot Topics for Preparing Current Period Financial Statements
  13. Auditing & Attest Update - Hot Topics for Current Period Audits and Other Attest Services


Course Complexity: Foundational

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course.
Designed For: Accountants responsible for auditing property, plant and equipment, including leases.

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
  4:46Learning Objectives and Introduction to Auditing PP AND E Including Leases Under Topic 842
  11:38Typical Audit Procedures
  10:48Capitalizing Cost and Related Depreciation Considerations
  6:20Capitalized Interest
  8:03Special Considerations
  6:10Key Controls
  8:52Overview of Lease Accounting per Topic 842
  9:19Identifying a Lease Under Topic 842
  7:11Criteria for Lease Classification and Resulting Accounting Under Topic 842
  7:04More on the Details of Lease Classification
  7:38Lessee Accounting
  7:10Lease Modifications
  5:02Lessor Accounting
Continuous Play
  1:41:01Auditing PP&E Including Leases Under Topic 842
Supporting Materials
  PDFSlides: Auditing PP&E, Including Leases under Topic 842
  PDFAuditing PP&E, Including Leases under Topic 842 Glossary/Index
Review And Test