Auditing XBRL-Related Documents: The Case of United Technologies Corporation

46 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2008 Last revised: 7 Jan 2015

J. Efrim Boritz

University of Waterloo - School of Accounting and Finance

Won Gyun No

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Accounting & Information Systems

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Date Written: October 23, 2008

Abstract

XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) was developed to provide financial information users with a standardized method to prepare, publish, and exchange business information. XBRL is being used, being implemented, or being pilot tested around the world for financial reporting and government e-filings as well as other uses. Although there has been growing awareness about assurance issues related to the use of XBRL, current audit practices and standards fall short of providing the needed guidance for the provision of assurance on XBRL-Related Documents. In this paper, we report on a mock audit that we conducted on the XBRL-Related Documents of United Technologies Corporation's October 2005 10-Q to identify the issues that companies and auditors might encounter if they are requested to provide assurance on XBRL-Related Documents. The assurance framework applied in the audit process is summarized, and findings from the process are discussed together with their implications.

Keywords: XBRL, Assurance, Case Study

JEL Classification: M41, M49, G38

Suggested Citation

Boritz, J. Efrim and No, Won Gyun, Auditing XBRL-Related Documents: The Case of United Technologies Corporation (October 23, 2008). Journal of Information Systems, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1288376 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1288376

Efrim Boritz (Contact Author)

University of Waterloo - School of Accounting and Finance ( email )

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Won Gyun No

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Accounting & Information Systems

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Newark, NJ 07102-3122
United States

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