Auditors in Ireland would be forgiven for thinking that, apart from rising fuel costs, the war in Ukraine is far away and has few audit implications. This blog is attempting to highlight the requirement in recent changes to the audit standards for auditors to ‘stand back’, frequently mentioned by the Financial Reporting Council in recent publications.
In this case, while your audit clients may not have direct connections with Ukraine or with sanctions against Russia, there may be relationships through clients’ supply chains, clients’ customer base and clients’ overseas subcontractors that leave the business exposed to a potential negative impact – even as simple as the shortage of raw materials (E.G. VW group) and its wider implications for the European economy.
The war in Ukraine is evolving rapidly, as is the reaction by the Irish government and its international counterparts with sanctions against Russia. In this blog we take a look at some of the key implications that may impact on the work of auditors.
Auditor’s Risk Assessment (ISA 315) – the ISAs (Ireland) still apply. The risk assessment will need to reflect changes within the audited entity’s business and operating environment and whether there are any new risks, significant or otherwise such as business interruption that may impact the entity’s ability to continue as a going concern. This may drive additional disclosures about the impact of the war, changes to forecasts, future plans, or even the entity’s business model or strategy.
Groups – The situation may also impact on group audits and collecting audit evidence (ISA 500).
Sanctions and AML – accountants are urged to look hard at any connections with Russia among their client base and perform updated due diligence, thinking more about the spirit of the law and not just the letter of the law. Accountants are re-screening clients, looking at sanction lists beyond the EU, and considering clients with Russian connections where they do not appear on sanctions lists.
We will take a look at further audit implications of the war in the Ukraine, in next week’s blog.
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