Accountants ‘greatly increasing costs to clients’

Warren Tayler, the chairman of AIM-listed direct marketing group,, has issued a withering assesment of the accounting profession.

In a letter to the FT, Taylor said the group’s auditors had failed
to explain the reasons for a trebling in fees and the need to appoint two sets
of accountants.

‘While many businesses have cut overhead and staff costs by the use of
technology, the accounting profession, while stating that they too are moving
with the times, end up greatly increasing the costs to clients,’ Tayler wrote.

He questioned why auditors could not use the internet to update client
accounts in real-time instead of wasting time and resources on client visits.

The last set of’s accounts were audited by Menzies.

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