Audit Reform Special

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Leader: Why is 'most trusted' tag reassuring for accountants?

Survey that shows accountants are 'more trusted' than banks proves a massive hit - but why should that be the case?

18 Dec 2012

Richard Fleck APB chairman

FRC and ICAS investigate auditor competencies

FRC's conduct committee and ICAS join forces to look into whether auditor competency is fit for purpose in the current climate

21 Nov 2012

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Audit needs to adapt or risk becoming “irrelevant”, say experts

A panel debate by some of the leading experts in the profession warn that audit reports need to change or risk becoming irrelevant

20 Nov 2012

EU business wants diverse audit, claims GT

Experian survey finds majority of companies across the EU want a more diverse audit market

09 Nov 2012

Firms vie over FTSE 350 audit market definition

Big Four and mid-tier disagree over Competition Commission definition of audit market

29 Oct 2012

Audit Commission contract win sees Mazars open new office

Mazars’ recent contract win for public sector audits in the North East and Yorkshire sees the firm open up its first office in the area

29 Oct 2012

PwC gets vocal over lost BG audit

The Big Four firm is unusually chatty about losing a major audit, notes TS...

25 Oct 2012

Competition Commission delay won’t halt EU audit reforms

Euro MEP Sajjad Karim will push ahead with the proposed EC audit reforms timetable - regardless of Competition Commission delays

19 Oct 2012

Competition Commission delays audit inquiry findings

UK watchdog pushes back provisional findings of audit investigation to January

17 Oct 2012

Interview: Euro MP Sajjad Karim on steering audit reform

Accountancy Age speaks to the British MEP about how he is steering the EC's planned reform of the audit market through the European parliament

08 Oct 2012

Big Four alumni's influence could restrict competition

Competition could be restricted by the backgrounds of those involved in the appointment of auditors, regulator finds

08 Oct 2012

FRC practices what it preaches

FRC avoids charge of “do as I say, not as I do”, by changing its auditor

05 Oct 2012

Big Four audit tenders benefit from ‘virtuous circle’

Virtuous circle that increases Big Four chances of winning FTSE 350 audits operates in reverse for mid-tier

01 Oct 2012

Divisions within Europe over audit rotation

European politicians split over length of audit tenures as MEP Jürgen Creutzmann proposes adoption of seven-year mandatory rotation

28 Sep 2012

Mandatory audit tendering introduced in UK governance code

UK Corporate Governance Code introduces comply-or-explain for FTSE 350 companies that fail to put their audit out to tender at least every ten years

28 Sep 2012

PwC's Schroders audit put out to tender

Schroders CFO Kevin Parry talks about the audit market, as tender process for the FTSE 100 group's audit continues

26 Sep 2012

Audit competition depends on how you look at it

Big Four and mid-tier views over what constitutes competition are so distant it is questionable whether Competition Commission findings will settle argument

25 Sep 2012

No evidence of "tacit coordination" among Big Four

Competition Commission working paper on tacit collusion among Big Four goes some way to vindicate their stance on audit competition

25 Sep 2012

Germany and Spain challenge watered-down audit reform proposals

European Parliament’s legal affairs committee hears report from MEP on mandatory rotation every 25 years which receives challenges from some member states

19 Sep 2012

Colin: Audit reform changes tack

Colin sums up what many think about the new direction that the EC's audit reform plans are taking

19 Sep 2012

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Bank raiding powers could put HMRC at top of insolvency pecking order

Will HMRC’s new bank raiding powers see insolvency practitioners pursuing it for funds taken illegally in the event of bankruptcy?

The Practitioner: The promise of the pension pot

The combination of pensions drawdown and enterprise investment tax planning makes the Practitioner's mouth water - but can the firm get its pensioners lined up in a row?

Leader: Charity begins at home

With so many accountants require support and counselling, an already charitable profession must consider where its efforts go

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Social networking: How does the Top 50 stack up?

Firms are failing to realise the business benefits of social media sites such as utilising LinkedIn

Colin: There's nothing like a well-thought-out plan

Colin wonders whether some SMEs are keeping it too simple

Taking Stock: When tax is stranger than fiction

Sometimes you just can't make it up, TS finds

Scrapping IR35 all very well – but what else?

IR35 has proven ineffective, but 'what are the alternatives?' asks Calum Fuller

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