ABSTRACT

This case examines auditing implications of Bitcoin and blockchain, and is intended for either undergraduate or graduate auditing and assurance courses. Students are asked to engage in aspects of planning and risk assessment for the audit of an online retailer. The case provides an interesting setting in which to achieve the learning objectives of: (1) identifying risks of material misstatement, (2) linking risks of material misstatement to relevant financial statement assertions, (3) explaining changes in audit procedures for responding to risks, (4) understanding a financial statement auditor's use of service auditor reports, and (5) understanding management specialists and the role they play in an audit. The modular case can be used for in-class discussion or as an out-of-class assignment and requires minimal advance preparation by the instructor. The case may be assigned in part or in its entirety. Student responses indicate the case is interesting and offers a positive learning experience.

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