Audit Reform Special

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FRC dismisses enhanced audit competition role

Reporting watchdog questions usefulness of secondary duty of promoting competition between audit firms

24 Jun 2013

Financial Reporting Council

FRC may be handed audit market competition remit

Competition Commission may call in FRC to support measures to break audit dominance of the Big Four

07 Jun 2013

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FRC makes changes significant changes to audit reports

The finance watchdog has made changes to ISA 700 - in the hope of increasing communication with investors

04 Jun 2013

Wrangling persists over who should oversee auditing in the EU

Supervision, mandatory rotation and a black-list for non-audit services proved contentious when discussed by EU finance ministers

31 May 2013

Interview: New IFAC chief executive Fayez Choudhury

Choudhury talks about ramping up the global accountancy representative's offering - while trying to make sure the profession isn't misunderstood

28 May 2013

Close season endangers swift passage of EU audit reform

Commentary on Juri's recent clearance of its version of rules to revise company audits tends to be "let's try to make the best of things"

30 Apr 2013

Audit reforms are a great compromise: no one is happy

Neither the Big Four nor mid-tier firms are happy with Sajjad Karim’s proposals for 14-year mandatory audit rotation. The essence of a good compromise

26 Apr 2013

Audit reforms “nudge” in right direction but leave many unsatisfied

Compromised stance on auditor rotation periods leave profession unsatisfied for different reasons

26 Apr 2013

Europe imposes mandatory rotation on audits

MEPs vote for mandatory rotation of auditor every 14 years, although this can be extended to 25 years by some member states

25 Apr 2013

Competition Commission revises audit reform timetable

Revised timetable sees final report brought forward to September

25 Apr 2013

Audit market “flirting with stagnation”, says PCAOB chair

Lack of information and difficulty in discerning the difference between audits risks market stagnation, warns James Doty

19 Apr 2013

FCA chairman Griffith-Jones under fire over HBOS audits

The new City watchdog was last night fighting to defend its chairman amid accusations that as head of its auditors KPMG, HBOS pursued reckless lending strategy

09 Apr 2013

Big Four find Competition Commission audit conclusions lacking

Big Four audit firms criticise basis of watchdog's conclusions as "flawed", "unsound" and based on selective evidence

08 Apr 2013

Colin: The ideal candidates for audit reform

Colin suggests candidates falling well within the criteria for audit reform

02 Apr 2013

Tension grows as EU audit decision looms

A recent Brussels conference captured the full range of views over the future structure of the audit market

02 Apr 2013

Transparency and flexibility are keys to audit reform

European parliament hears transparency, quality and role of investors must be addressed in audit reforms

27 Mar 2013

FRC disagrees with Competition Commission rotation plans

FRC claims mandatory auditor rotation would undermine audit committees' authority

20 Mar 2013

EU committee votes for seven-year auditor tendering

Econ committee's position sets up auditor tendering: the lead committee's final decision is due in April

18 Mar 2013

FRC boss defends 'comply or explain' audit tendering

UK competition and reporting watchdogs at loggerheads over comply or explain provision for mandatory audit tendering

27 Feb 2013

Scepticism sits low on FDs' audit priorities

Financial Director survey finds many other traits rank above scepticism and challenge when assessing auditors' qualities

27 Feb 2013

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The Practitioner: 'Tis the season to tidy up

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AS2014: Osborne's reforms sensible - IoD

Sensible reforms preface more radical tax policies in next parliament, writes Institute of Directors' head of taxation Stephen Herring

#AS2014: ACCA still concerned over public coffers, despite spending plans

Government's spending plans give false impression of state of the UK's finances, writes ACCA's Chas Roy-Chowdhury

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Intermediary rules: What your clients need to know

Alastair Kendrick walks through the new landscape for workers engaged through intermediaries, and finds that clients might not have up-to-scratch systems and processes

Taking Stock: Massaging the figures

TS was pleased to note some interesting methods to alleviate Christmas stress

Colin: Using Google to make money out of the net

Colin thinks Osborne's latest tax wheeze means he is not such a bad egg after all

Taking Stock: Daddy issues at French Duncan

Taking Stock spares a though for Alasdair Cairns, who has just gained a new boss. His dad.

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