How to deal ethically with conflicts of interest

As we highlighted last week there is a newly revised and restructured Code of Ethics coming soon for accountants in Ireland, expected to be effective from the 1st of March 2020. Sometimes accountants realise they have a conflict of interest due to lack of foresight or pre-planning. An example could be trying to sort out… Read More


NOCLAR – One of the forthcoming changes to the Code of Ethics

As we highlighted last week there is a newly revised and restructured Code of Ethics coming soon for accountants in Ireland, expected to be effective from the 1st of March 2020.  As readers might know, the Code of Ethics used by accountants across the British Isles is based on the code issued by the International… Read More


The five fundamental principles of ethical behaviour

A reminder of what they are before the new Code of Ethics becomes effective The nature of accountancy and the complexity of the work that accountants, tax advisers, insolvency practitioners and auditors do, means that this work needs to be trusted, and demonstrate the highest standards of professional conduct.  The Code of Ethics and its… Read More


How do I account for a change in depreciation policy?

A question that I often get asked is: how are changes in depreciation policy accounted for?  The follow up question usually asked is whether such changes are accounted for prospectively or retrospectively under FRS 102?  The answer, however, depends on whether the change is a change in ‘estimate’ or a change in accounting ‘policy’. Change… Read More


The OECD ban on ‘bearer shares’ proves effective for tax transparency

A ten-year anniversary meeting of the Global Forum, celebrating the global impact of tax transparency, was held in Paris recently.  It was hosted by the OECD – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – which has been promoting tax transparency over the last decade.  Two features of the OECD tax transparency agenda are:  Exchange of… Read More


Have you prepared your Business Risk Assessment?

A new requirement – to protect firms against the risk of money laundering – came into law last year, but many firms may not yet have prepared the relevant document. The Fourth Money Laundering Directive (2015/849/EC) was transposed into Irish legislation in November 2018 by way of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing),… Read More


Money laundering exposed by undercover journalists

Journalists at the London Times are to be congratulated for today, 4 December 2019, exposing a web of alleged money laundering centred on a company formations business based in London. Of course, the story was originally covered by Guardian journalist Oliver Bullough in 2016 and in his 2018 book ‘Moneyland’. The Times reported: ‘Leaked documents… Read More


EU proposes new anti-money laundering body in wake of scandals

In a recent Financial Times story, it was reported that the EU is proposing to set up a new anti-money laundering body in the wake of recent money laundering scandals. EU finance ministers are expected to meet in December and propose the setting up of a new independent body to enforce money laundering prevention measures… Read More


The hard facts about Reverse Factoring – Part 3

As we pointed out in our last two blogs here and here, Carillion was less than transparent in its 2016 financial statements about its reverse factoring arrangements.  For a much better explanation of supply chain financing (an alternative name for reverse factoring), see Note 19 ‘Trade and Other Payables’ on page 177 of the 2018… Read More