Accounting standards

Accounting / Post Office pays £58m to settle IT accounting failures

The Post Office has agreed to pay £58m to settle a long running legal case brought by a group of sub postmasters who faced charges of fraud which they said were down to problems with a new computerised accounting system

Accounting / SQA faces accounting fraud probe

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is under investigation over allegations of internal accounting fraud, with claims a six-figure sum could be involved

Accounting / Call for corporate reporting to focus on culture

Accountants need to respond to investor demands for more transparency and actionable insights from company reports, but have doubts about the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to help with this analysis, research by EY has found

Accounting / International reporting: IBOR Phase 2 and management commentary

Changes to the Interbank Offered Rate (IBOR) will impact IFRS 9 while a review of management commentary will tighten requirements around disclosures, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has confirmed. Jeroen Van Doorsselaere explains

Accounting / Ted Baker to investigate £20m inventory overstatement

Upmarket fashion brand Ted Baker is launching a review of its accounting methods after discovering the value of inventory held on its balance sheet has been overstated by some £20m

Accounting / Accounting updates: December 2019

This month’s accounting update includes 10-year ban for ex-BHS boss, £40m losses at Goals Soccer Centre, FRC demands corporate reporting improvements, CIMA updates ethics code, EU securities markets regulator prioritises IFRS 16, US part delays lease standard, CIPFA clarifies property investment rules, and college accounts direction is updated

Accounting / Shareholders threaten legal action over Quindell ‘misleading’ reporting

Shareholders in AIM-listed Quindell, now known as Watchstone Group, have signalled plans for legal action over losses sustained as a result of what they claim were misleading statements or omissions in the company’s representations to the London Stock Exchange

Accounting / US part delays credit loss and lease accounting standards

The US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) plans to defer certain effective dates for upcoming accounting standards on current expected credit losses (CECL), leases, hedging and long-duration insurance contracts

Accounting / Deloitte’s ethnicity pay gap remains static

Big Four accounting firm Deloitte has reported a slight improvement in its ethnicity pay gap, as it declined from 43.9% in 2018 to 43.5% in 2019

Accounting / Dividends and distributable profits: part 5

In the fifth in our dividends series, Croner-i tax and accounting writer David Duvall FCA looks in detail at issues relating to realised profits and losses

Accounting / Accounting updates: November 2019

This month’s roundup includes FRC’s revised Stewardship Code, MPs grill auditors over Thomas Cook failure, climate change reporting, concerns raised on revenue recognition disclosures, FRC consults on future of company reports and CIPFA calls for fundamental shift in local government financial reporting

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 / Dividends and distributable profits: part 4

The payment of dividends can be a difficult area with even listed companies falling foul of the law in recent years. In the fourth of eight articles, Croner-i tax and accounting writer David Duvall takes a detailed look at realised profits and losses

Accounting / Dividends and distributable profits: part 3

The payment of dividends can be a difficult area with even listed companies falling foul of the law in recent years. In the third of eight articles, Croner-i tax and accounting writer David Duvall highlights the importance of company accounts

Accounting / CIPFA wants ‘fundamental’ shift in local government reporting

CIPFA has signalled its intention to drive a fundamental shift in local government financial reporting in the UK, with a consultation on a new framework specifically design for the sector
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