Magazine article The CPA Journal

Website of the Month: AuditNet

Magazine article The CPA Journal

Website of the Month: AuditNet

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Well-organized and comprehensive, AuditNet ( is a networking and resource portal for accounting professionals. This column reviewed the website in June 2001, but revisits it this month because its resources have expanded.

The webmaster and creator of the website is Jim Kaplan, CIA, a practicing internal auditor. Although the website is designed as an information-sharing tool for internal auditors, many other accountants will find a lot of useful information and materials here.

Even with minimal use of graphics, the website is highly user-friendly, with a main index appearing on the left-hand side of major pages. Major features are organized under both subject and alphabetical indexes, and documents are often available in multiple formats. The external links are in good order, except for the AICPA links, which aren't working on many other websites as well.

Except for submitting questions under "Ask the Auditor" and publishing employer job postings, all features are free. Site maintenance costs are paid by advertisers, whose ads appear on major pages.

Ask the Auditor

This forum for asking a wide variety of audit-related questions can be reached through the main index or a hyperlink in the center of the homepage. Questions are submitted via e-mail and are posted to a forum for the webmaster and other users to respond. In return, questioners are required to contribute audit programs, internal control questionnaires (ICQ), checklists, or workpaper templates to share with other users. Alternatively, a $50 contribution to the website can be made.

Prospective questioners are encouraged to review previously submitted questions and answers first. The Ask the Auditor Forum Index groups prior questions under the headings audit programs, auditing standards, best practices, how do I, and miscellaneous. Responses include links to workpapers, checklists, audit programs, articles, other websites, guidebooks, and books available for purchase. At the bottom of this index, under Audit Guidance, are links to materials on topics such as audit report writing, flowcharting, and statistical sampling.

Audit Programs

AuditNet maintains an inventory of downloadable audit programs provided by other website users, available in various formats or through links to other websites. …

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