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Money Transfer Business Hit with Large AML Fine

Abiding by money laundering regulations is a serious business to say the least. Early last month a money service business (MSB), based in Luton, UK was fined £23.8 million by the UK HMRC (the supervisor for MSBs) for ‘significant breaches’ of AML legislation. There are no rights of appeal. The offences occurred between July 2017… Read More


Important Change to Audit Reports for 2020 Year Ends

Following our last two blogs on estimates and  going concern in recent weeks about the latest audit standards effective for 31 December 2020 audits, this week we look at the new style audit report. Changes to ISA 700 as a result of the Going Concern Standard As we pointed out last week ISA 570 triggers… Read More


Going Concern Changes for Auditors for 2020 Year Ends

Following our blog last week about the three new audit standards effective for 31 December 2020 audits, this week we look at the new going concern standard which triggers a new style audit report. Since this standard was revised in October 2019, there is a new added layer of complexity i.e. the uncertainty surrounding the… Read More


Three Changes to audit

Three Changes for Auditors Coming Real Soon

There are important changes to three audit standards affecting 31 December 2020 audits. One of the changes will result in a new template for company reports (more on this in coming weeks) and all three standards will trigger the need to change audit programmes in line with the new requirements. This week we will deal… Read More


Inventory Audit Testing in Covid Times

In recent weeks we have written about the issue of carrying out remote stocktakes as well as remote audits.  Last week we covered five key matters to consider when carrying out a remote stocktake. A quite common occurrence will arise where staff don’t feel comfortable attending an inventory audit, given the risk to their health.… Read More


Covid-19 and Remote Stocktakes – Five Things to Consider

When the Coronavirus (COVID-19) first broke in Ireland we wrote about the issue of carrying out remote stocktakes as part of remote audits. While it’s a possibility that the lockdown restrictions may be lifted in early December, there may still be some reluctance among audit personnel and among staff in client entities, meeting in person,… Read More


Are Your Engagement Letters Up To Date?

Are your engagement letters up to date? Once upon a time it was possible to have the same client engagement letter in place for several years, without too much upset. However, the pace of change in the various pieces of overlapping legislation (much of it of a whistleblowing nature) that impact on engagement letters, seems… Read More


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Are your engagement letters up to date?

 The advent of the new accounting standard FRS 102 for financial periods commencing 1 January 2015 has triggered the need to update engagement letters for both audit and audit exempt companies. Some of the issues that the new engagement letters will need to deal with include: the Companies Act, 2014 allocating responsibility for the decision to… Read More