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COVID-19 Going Concern, Risk and Viability

‘Going concern’ is not a simple binary or pass/fail concept. A company can be a going concern even when one or more material uncertainties exist. In such circumstances what becomes important is the disclosure about the uncertainties and management’s consideration of these.’ Quote from the recent Financial Reporting Lab’s guidance on ‘Going concern, risk and… Read More


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COVID-19 Disclosure Resources

In May 2020, the EU Commission predicted that Irish GDP will contract by 7.9% in 2020, as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The good news is that it has predicted a bounce back of 6.1% in 2021. In this climate, the provision of accurate financial information will be critical in getting Ireland back to… Read More


COVID19 Symptoms vs Protection

Are your COVID-19 financial statement disclosures appropriate?

The Financial Conduct Authority in the UK said in March 2020 that all London listed companies are permitted two extra months to publish their audited financial results, giving them six months in total. Meanwhile the Irish Companies Registration Office has further extended the filing deadline for all annual returns that are normally due for filing… Read More


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Are you wondering what Coronavirus (COVID-19) disclosures to use in your accounts?

We have recently published a survey of 22 public company financial statements focusing on their Coronavirus (COVID-19) disclosures. Of those companies surveyed, the John Lewis Partnership plc had some of the greatest level of going concern discussion in the notes to the financial statements, with a prominent note under the ‘Basis of Preparation’ section on… Read More


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More Coronavirus (COVID-19) disclosures in published financial statements

Last week we highlighted in our published survey of 22 public company financial statements an example of an Emphasis of Matter audit report. This week, our blog focuses on an extract from the Irish company Grafton plc (in its 31 December 2019 financial statements) which describes the risk: ‘The Group is exposed to the impact… Read More


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) disclosures in published financial statements May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) disclosures in published financial statements In our published survey of 22 public company financial statements we highlight several useful examples of disclosure that company directors, auditors, accountants and financial controllers will find of relevance, in the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This thirty-page report, just published on our website, is available to… Read More


The future of audit

In a rare speech, Sir Donald Brydon, chair of the Future of Audit in the UK, told a packed conference room that he is a little troubled at the current mood that ‘reaches for a shotgun aimed at auditors every time there is a corporate problem’.  Speaking at the first ICAEW Audit & Assurance Faculty… Read More


Common Errors in FRS 102 Accounting

Revaluation gains on tangible fixed assets go through the Profit & Loss Account. True or False? The answer is ‘False’. To find out where revaluation gains on tangible fixed assets are presented, see our webinar called ‘Common Errors in FRS 102 Accounting’ where you may download the slides and support materials, all for just €45.… Read More


Audit Update

Tax advocacy is now banned for all audit clients. True or False?  The answer is ‘False’. To hear why this is false and find out what exactly are the rules surrounding an auditor helping an audit client argue a case with the Revenue Commissioners, go see our online webinar entitled Audit Update where you may… Read More


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Negative Audit Opinion Wording – Potential for Confusion

Readers may have heard by now that there is a new audit reporting requirement about going concern contained in a new style of audit opinion.  For companies and credit unions with a reporting period commencing on or after 17 June 2016 (in effect 30 June 2017 year-ends onwards), auditors must now include a specific conclusion… Read More