Recent Changes to the Audit requirements

On 6 September 2012 the government announced key changes to company and LLP audit and reporting requirements. The changes removed the need for many more companies and LLPs to have an audit and they apply to financial years ending on or after 1 October 2012.

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How to make your Annual Audit work for you

By Paul Levy, Lawrence Grant

A question that most companies find themselves asking is, is my annual audit adding value to my business? We understand perfectly that an audit of your business records can sometimes be time consuming, costly and inconvenient, but we look at it as an opportunity to conduct a review of your financial and management systems, identify any problem areas so that we can help transform your business' prospects for the future.

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Market Set to Change for Auditors

On 30 November 2011 the European Commission accepted the proposals of the EU Internal Market Commissioner, Michel Barnier, regarding new rules for auditing. If the governments of the EU states and the European Parliament agree with the directive proposal, the market is set to change for auditors. Barnier justified his approach by stating that, since 2008, confidence in year-end audits has been shaken and that this confidence must be restored. He elaborated in detail regarding the objectives of the new directive: "Conflicts of interest will be rectified, independence strengthened and prudential supervision guaranteed; at the same time the directive will seek greater diversity within the market, which is too highly concentrated – particularly at the top."

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Tbilisi, Georgia

Georgia Passed a New Law Regulating the Accounting, Reporting, & Auditing of Enterprises

By Giorgi Kutchashvili, TMC LLC

Wondering how developing countries succeed? Then this article is for you. In 2014, Georgia signed an Association Agreement with the European Union, under which it undertook to gradually bring the accounting and auditing sector closer to EU norms and standards. As a result, in 2016, Georgia passed a new law according the enterprises accounting, reports preparation/ publication and auditing. The basic idea of the law is that the financial statements of enterprises should be transparent and public.

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Business Automation and Digital Transformation

By Alan Rajah, Lawrence Grant

In the world of finance and accounting, maintaining the status quo is no longer enough to remain competitive. Today's market requires companies to engage in continuous improvement so that they are always serving clients in faster and more accessible ways. As financial and accounting services look to attract, engage, and retain customers, there's only one solution for climbing the ranks. The digital automation movement is sweeping the field and pushing the limits of what is possible. Companies that embrace automation will find increased profits and productivity. Digital transformation moves manual, repetitive tasks off their employees' checklists and into the metaphorical hands of artificial intelligence.

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Kassel, Germany

The Accounting of Goodwill under German Commercial and Tax Law

By Andreas Gottmann, FACT GmbH

As in most other countries, both German commercial law and German tax law differentiate between goodwill acquired for a consideration and internally generated goodwill. Only goodwill acquired against payment may be capitalised. Under German commercial law, goodwill acquired for a consideration is recognised as an asset with a limited service life and regularly amortised over five years. Longer periods are also conceivable, provided that this is economically credible. If a longer service life is assumed, this must be justified in the notes to the financial statements as part of the annual financial statements. Extraordinary depreciation must be carried out if there is a permanent reduction in value.

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Hamburg, Germany

Accounting Treatment of SaaS at the Level of Both Contractual Parties

By Imke Reich, nbs partners

“I can’t think of anything that isn’t cloud computing (…).” Larry Ellison, Chairman, Oracle

Software as a Service (SaaS), the largest market segment of cloud computing, is typically characterised as a service, where the provider grants the user the right to continuously access a software in a cloud infrastructure managed and controlled by the provider for a certain period. Accounting for SaaS arrangements at the level of the user is not clearly specified under IFRS.

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Hamburg, historic warehouse district

Value Added Incentives: Accounting for Share-Based Payments

By Tobias Schreiber, nbs partners

Adding value to a company is one of the most important strategic achievements from a shareholder or management perspective. An effective employee incentive programme sends employees a clear message that management understands what truly motivates them to do their best work and is willing to provide it.

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