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Accounting / International reporting: 2020 and beyond

With the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) focusing on disclosures, management commentary and improving the quality of financial reporting in 2020, Jeroen Van Doorsselaere examines the IFRS standard setter’s work plan

Accounting / Carey: boards need to improve corporate governance reporting

Anthony Carey, partner and head of board practice at Mazars, assesses the FRC annual review of UK Corporate Governance Code at FTSE companies

Accounting / Marshall: transition disclosures under IFRS 16 Leases

As the first full year reporting deadline for IFRS 16 Leases approaches, Andrew Marshall FCA, senior technical partner at KPMG, sets out the key issues to consider when finalising accounts

Accounting / Shohet: why accountancy firm rankings matter

Climbing the accountancy league table is a serious business, but the overall pattern of movement suggests an existential threat to the practice community, write Foulger Underwood’s Phil Shohet and Kevin Reed

Accounting / International reporting: dynamic risk, disclosures and financial reporting

Improving the quality of risk management and disclosure is a priority for the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and revising IAS 32 is central to its plans for 2020. Jeroen Van Doorsselaere examines the priorities

Accounting / Marshall: Brexit impact on financial statements

Company reporters preparing year end financial statements need to take into account variable risk factors from going concern to materiality in the context of Brexit. Andrew Marshall FCA, senior technical partner at KPMG explains the key issues to consider

Accounting / International reporting: how relevant are IFRS standards?

The recent IASB annual conference focused on the transparency of international reporting under IFRS, the relevance of standards to company reporters and stakeholders, and the definition of materiality. Jeroen Van Doorsselaere, vice president of value propositions at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, unpicks the key issues

Accounting / Marshall: calculating distributable reserves

The complex rules around distributable reserves has led to incorrect dividend payments and miscalculations, with interim reporting creating further challenges for listed companies. Andrew Marshall FCA, senior technical partner at KPMG, examines the issues

Accounting / International reporting: when the big standards disappear

After the launch of three critical IFRS on revenue recognition, financial instruments and leases, the IASB is switching its focus to disclosure, taxonomy and a hedging replacement, explains Jeroen Van Doorsselaere, vice president of value propositions at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services

Accounting / Wilkinson: small charity accounts need to be simplified

Helena Wilkinson, partner and head of charities at Price Bailey, takes a critical look at plans for a radical overhaul of charity accounting from stronger governance and an overhaul of membership of the SORP committee to bespoke accounting rules for smaller charities, following the Morgan governance review

Accounting / International reporting: financial instrument valuations

Proposed changes to IFRS 9 Financial Instruments over alternative reference rates focus on a smooth transition, while discussions on performance measures show the IASB faces criticism for being too prescriptive, finds Jeroen Van Doorsselaere, vice president of value propositions at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services

Accounting / Marshall: tips on IFRS 16 preparation and lease terms

As the half year financial reporting period approaches, Andrew Marshall FCA, senior technical partner at KPMG, examines the complexities of calculating lease terms, particularly for property, when reporting under IFRS 16 Leases

Accounting / International reporting: IFRS and climate change

With climate change top of the agenda, the IASB considers its impact on IFRS disclosures, plus the effects of changes to interbank offered rates on financial reporting and IFRS 17 implementation. Jeroen Van Doorsselaere, VP of Wolters Kluwer Financial Services explains

Tax / Facing up to the tax challenges of the global digital economy

An overhaul of the taxation of highly digitised multinationals would challenge long-held conventions on taxable presence and profit allocation if OECD proposals were to go ahead. Jeff VanderWolk, partner at Squire Patton Boggs, examines the viability of the latest OECD consultation on the tax challenges of the digitalisation of the economy

Accounting / What happens when no one trusts the numbers?

Financial discrepancies in month end reporting and inaccurate financial data is a major risk and reputational issue for CFOs and finance directors so why does the C-suite trust the numbers, asks Mario Spanicciati, chief strategy officer at BlackLine
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