Audit / BEIS committee warned over audit reform proposals

Both academics and business experts raised concerns of ‘unintended consequences’ of audit reforms to the business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) committee, with broad disagreement over whether the changes should be led by government or business, reports James Bunney

Audit / Half of council CFOs want changes to external audit

The government needs to improve its oversight of the governance system to help local authorities cope with increasing financial and demand pressures, with a quarter of chief finance officers (CFO) from councils calling for external auditors to focus on value for money, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO)

Audit / Calls for full scrutiny of EU banking audits

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) wants EU legislators to intervene and ensure the European Central Bank (ECB) allows full access to documents for audits related to banking supervision, arguing that the current position prevents them from carrying out their work properly

Audit / Pentagon pilots financial database after audit failure

The failure of its first audit has led the US Department of Defense (DOD) to begin the development of a central database that will record all financial transactions across its operations and aid it in managing a $692bn (£541bn) budget

Audit / BEIS Committee begins future of audit inquiry

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee is to hold the opening evidence session of its inquiry into the future of audit

Audit / FRC consults on third country auditors' fees to prepare for Brexit

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has issued a four-week consultation on the fee structure for third country auditors (TCA) in the event of a no-deal Brexit, although it has indicated that the current fee structure is unlikely to change

Audit / NHS and local government bodies ignore auditors’ warnings

The number of NHS and local government bodies with significant weaknesses in their arrangements for delivering value for money is ‘unacceptably’ high, but bodies are failing to take action on auditors’ warnings, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO)

Audit / EY to replace KPMG as SSE auditor

FTSE 100 energy provider SSE has appointed EY as its external auditor, subject to approval by shareholders, ending a 20-year relationship with KPMG

Audit / Audit updates: January 2019

In this month’s round-up of audit news, the Competition and Markets Authority releases its initial findings into the lack of competition in the listed audit market with the Big Four under fire, while the Kingman review questions to competency of the audit regulator, while Patisserie Valerie drops Grant Thornton in auditor switch to RSM

Audit / SEC fines Crowe’s US firm $1.5m over audit failures

US firm Crowe has agreed to pay a penalty of $1.5m (£1.18m), after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) identified significant failures in audits of Corporate Resource Services, which went bankrupt in 2015 after the discovery of $100m in unpaid federal payroll tax liabilities

Audit / KPMG refuses to retender for Aston Martin audit

The luxury car company has begun the search for a new auditor after KPMG declined to reapply for its audit tender, less than three months after the company made its debut on the London Stock Exchange

Audit / PwC uses drones in audit for first time

PwC has taken to the skies and, for the first time ever, has undertaken a stock count audit using a drone, as part of a wider drive to harness emerging technologies to enhance audit quality

Audit / PwC faces £14m lawsuit over Providence collapse

Investors in Guernsey-based company Providence Investment Fund (PIF), which collapsed in 2016, are to sue the audit firm for £14m for what they term ‘negligence, breach of duty and breach of contract as its auditors’

Tax / Editor’s comment: a year of turbulence

Sara White, editor of Accountancy Daily, takes a look back at a turbulent year for the tax, audit and accounting profession from the challenges of Brexit, the breakdown in trust in the audit market, calls for the breakup of the Big Four audit firms and the move towards mandatory digital reporting under Making Tax Digital for VAT 

Audit / FTSE 100 and Big Four alumni survey 2018: who are the real power brokers?

Increasing focus on the quality of audit in the UK means that the Big Four audit firms are under severe pressure with threats of breakup and radical reform. In our exclusive annual FTSE 100 Big Four Alumni survey, Philip Smith analyses the inextricable link between UK boards and the top audit firms