Category Archives: News

Do you have a stocktake to attend today?

Following the announcement by the Taoiseach, on the 27th March, all non-essential workers must stay at home and only travel for work if absolutely necessary. This means disruption to 31st March stocktake attendance by auditors. It’s unclear how popular a 31st March period end is in Ireland. It tends to be more popular in the… Read More


How are you coping with working from home?

Many accountants and their staff are on a steep learning curve discovering what it’s like to work from home. I started working from home (WFH) eleven years ago, which seems like a lifetime ago now. It took some getting used to, from IT issues to challenges around time management and work/life balance. For those of… Read More


By 2022 an estimated 60% of world GDP will be digitalised

According to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), digital payments are growing at an estimated 12.7% annually and are forecast to reach 726 billion transactions annually by 2020. Within the next two years, an estimated 60% of world GDP will be digitalised. As we mentioned in last week’s blog, the FATF recently issued a guidance… Read More


New Procedures Manual to help with AML

We have just published an update to the AML Policies Controls & Procedures Manual last week, which is available to purchase now on our website. Our latest February 2020 edition includes the following updated items: Pronouncement by the FATF arising from their Public Consultation on FATF Draft Guidance on Digital Identity (discussed at the FATF plenary meeting… Read More


FSSU deadline highlights the inadequacies of the Education Act, 1998

Many accountants and auditors are working hard this week to assist primary and post-primary schools around Ireland meet the 28 February 2020 deadline set by the Financial Support Services Unit (FSSU) for the filing of schools’ annual financial statements. The Education Act, 1998 (the Act) is the relevant legislation that governs this area but it’s… Read More



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