Q is for Qualified Opinion

Normally, I prefer facts over opinions and prefer the fact-giver to be qualified. However, when it comes to auditors, I do want opinions, but–oh boy–I want mine Unqualified.

The raging debate over audit opinions is one of the juiciest parts of accounting. Aside from the myriad types of Fraud (See letters “F” and “K”) that can happen, companies with good intentions still stretch their accounting practices a bit. Even when they’re large and public, with their financials in plain sight. Especially when they’re large and public, it seems. Just ask GM and Toshiba.

But let’s step back a minute. What does an auditor do and where does a Qualified Opinion come into the picture?

I’ve known plenty of auditors. They don’t always wear glasses.
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