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Accounting

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Accounting

Old UK GAAP 

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How should I account for a hive-up?

How to account for a hive up (webcast)

Is it possible to adopt an accounting policy of non-depreciation for tangible fixed assets?

Should I apply SSAP20 or FRS23 when looking at foreign currency?

What exchange rate should I use to translate year end balances?

New UK GAAP

Abridged accounts for small companies

Accounting for cryptocurrencies under FRS 102

Accounting for a hive up under FRS 102

Accounting for fixed asset investments under FRS 102

Accounting for forward contracts under the new GAAP

Accounting for groups under FRS 102

Accounting for intangible assets under FRS 102

Accounting for investment property under FRS 102

Accounting for leases under FRS 102

Amortised cost calculator

Balance sheet statements for small companies and LLPs

Can accounts be prepared and filed at Companies House in a foreign currency?

Can I capitalise website development costs under FRS 102?

Can I revalue Intangible Assets under FRS 102?

Disclosure of related undertakings, parent entities and ultimate controlling parties

Does a charity need a cash flow statement?

Do I have to disclose employee numbers?

Do I need to disclose secured debts?

Foreign currency translation under FRS 102

FRS 102: Accounting for deferred tax

FRS 102: Basic and other financial instruments (FRF)

FRS 102: Cashflow statements (FRC staff education note)

FRS 102: Debt instruments - amortised cost  (FRC staff education note)

FRS 102 and financial instruments - hedging (FRF webinar)

FRS 102: Financial instruments disclosures (FRF)

FRS 102: Financial instruments: renegotiating loans on substantially different terms

FRS 102: First-time adoption and transition considerations

FRS 102: Hedge accounting (FRF) 

FRS 102: Intercompany loans at non-market rates (FRF)

FRS 102: Intercompany loans with no fixed term (FRF)

FRS 102: Is a financial instrument basic or non-basic (TAS/FRF)

FRS 102: Lease incentives (FRF)

FRS 102: Small company requirements under Section 1A

FRS 102: Transition to the new standard  (FRC staff education note)

Hedge accounting under FRS 102

How do I account for a change in depreciation?

How do I account for a dividend received from a subsidiary?

How does a lessee account for a rent free period under FRS 102?

Limited liability partnerships: What standard when?

Preference shares - equity or liability under FRS 102?

Related party disclosures under FRS 102

Transfers between investment property, PPE and inventories under FRS 102

What is the lease term?

When can a subsidiary be excluded from consolidation under FRS 102?

Which accounting standard do I use for clubs, associations and societies?

Which accounting standard do I use for sole traders and partnerships?

 

New UK GAAP portal

New UK GAAP and Distributable profits

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Company law

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Company law

Applicable to periods beginning before 1 January 2016

Abbreviated accounts

Audit exemption conditions for company

Can a small UK subsidiary of an overseas parent qualify for audit exemption under Companies Act 2006?

How do I calculate the number of employees for the small company criteria?

How should the 'net' and 'gross' criteria be applied when determining audit exemption under CA06?

Is a group ineligible under the Companies Act 2006?

Small group filing requirements

What directors transactions are disclosable under the Companies Act 2006?

What should be included in the balance sheet statement when claiming small company exemptions?

When can a subsidiary be excluded from consolidation?

Audit exemption for periods beginning before 1 January 2016 (webcast)

Applicable to periods beginning on or after 1 January 2016

Abridged accounts for small companies

Auditor resignation - Auditor and company responsibilities

Balance sheet statements for small companies and LLPs

Calculating employee numbers

Can accounts be prepared and filed at Companies House in a foreign currency?

Can a small UK subsidiary of an overseas parent qualify for audit exemption?

Disclosure of related undertakings, parent entities and ultimate controlling parties

Do directors’ loans require approval?

Do I have to disclose employee numbers?

Do I need to disclose secured debts?

FRF The new EU Accounting Directive – what UK companies need to know now

FRS 102: When can a subsidiary be excluded from consolidation?

How do I account for a dividend received from a subsidiary?

Ineligible companies and groups

Is a company micro?

SI 2015/980: Accounts filing exemptions under the Companies Act 2006

SI 2015/980: Is an audit required for a company?

SI 2015/980: Small, medium and large companies thresholds

SI 2015/980: What directors' transactions are disclosable under the Companies Act 2006 as amended?  

UK company law and financial reporting changes

Audit exemption for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2016 (webcast)

Applicable to all periods

Auditor resignation under Companies Act 2006

Companies limited by guarantee

Filing accounts at Companies House

Illegal dividends in a private company

Micro-entity accounts FAQ (Financial Reporting Faculty)

Overseas company filing

Purchase of own shares (private company)

Reduction of share capital

Small and micro company size calculator

Small, medium and large companies thresholds

Unlimited companies

Which documents in the annual accounts need a signature?

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Ethics for practice

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FRS 102

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FRS 102

Abridged accounts for small companies

Accounting for cryptocurrencies under FRS 102

Accounting for a hive up under FRS 102

Accounting for fixed asset investments under FRS 102

Accounting for groups under FRS 102

Accounting for intangible assets under FRS 102

Accounting for investment property under FRS 102

Accounting for leases under FRS 102

Amortised cost calculator

Balance sheet statements for small companies and LLPs

Can accounts be prepared and filed at Companies House in a foreign currency?

Can I capitalise website development costs under FRS 102?

Can I revalue Intangible Assets under FRS 102?

Disclosure of related undertakings, parent entities and ultimate controlling parties

Does a charity need a cash flow statement?

Do I have to disclose employee numbers?

Do I need to disclose secured debts?

Foreign currency translation under FRS 102

FRS 102: Accounting for deferred tax  

FRS 102: First-time adoption and transition considerations

FRS 102: Is a statement of cash flows required if FRS 102 is adopted for 31 December 2015 year ends? 

FRS 102: Small company requirements under Section 1A  

FRS 102: What is the useful economic life of goodwill under FRS 102 and FRSSE 2015?

Hedge accounting under FRS 102

How does a lessee account for a rent free period under FRS 102?

How do I account for a change in depreciation?

How do I account for a dividend received from a subsidiary?

Limited liability partnerships: What standard when?

Preference shares - equity or liability under FRS 102?

Related party disclosures under FRS 102

Transfers between investment property, PPE and inventories under FRS 102

What is the lease term?

When can a subsidiary be excluded from consolidation under FRS 102?

Which accounting standard do I use for clubs, associations and societies?

Which accounting standard do I use for sole traders and partnerships?

Financial Reporting Faculty FAQs

FRS 102: Basic and other financial instruments

FRS 102: Financial instruments disclosures 

FRS 102: Hedge accounting

FRS 102: Intercompany loans at non-market rates

FRS 102: Intercompany loans with no fixed term

FRS 102: Is a financial instrument ‘basic’ or ‘other’ financial instrument

FRS 102: Lease incentives

Webinars

FRS 102 and financial instruments – hedging

The new EU Accounting Directive – what UK companies need to know now

Practicewire articles

Accounting for forward contracts under the new GAAP

New UK GAAP and distributable profits

The 2015 small company conundrum: FRSSE 2015 or early adoption of FRS 102 Part 1A?

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New UK GAAP

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New UK GAAP

New UK GAAP portal

Accounting for a hive up under FRS 102

Accounting for fixed asset investments under FRS 102

Accounting for groups under FRS 102

Accounting for intangible assets under FRS 102

Accounting for investment property under FRS 102

Accounting for leases under FRS 102

Amortised cost calculator

Can I capitalise website development costs under FRS 102?

Can I revalue Intangible Assets under FRS 102?

Does a charity need a cash flow statement?

Do I have to disclose employee numbers?

Do I need to disclose secured debts?

Foreign currency translation under FRS 102

FRS 102: Amortised cost calculator

FRS 102: Accounting for deferred tax 

FRS 102: First-time adoption and transition considerations 

FRS 102: Small company requirements under Section 1A

FRS 102: What is the useful economic life of goodwill under FRS 102 and FRSSE 2015?

Hedge accounting under FRS 102

Limited liability partnerships: What standard when?

Preference shares - equity or liability under FRS 102?

Related party disclosures under FRS 102

UK company law and financial reporting changes

When can a subsidiary be excluded from consolidation under FRS 102?

Financial Reporting Faculty

FRS 102: Intercompany loans at non-market rates

FRS 102: Intercompany loans with no fixed term

FRS 102: Basic and other financial instruments

FRS 102: Financial instruments disclosures

FRS 102: Financial instruments: renegotiating loans on substantially different terms

FRS 102: Hedge accounting

FRS 102: Is a financial instrument basic or non-basic

FRS 102: Is a statement of cash flows required if FRS 102 is adopted for 31 December 2015 year ends?

FRS 102: Lease incentives

How does a lessee account for a rent free period under FRS 102?

How do I account for a change in depreciation?

How do I account for a dividend received from a subsidiary?

What is the lease term?

Which accounting standard do I use for clubs, associations and societies?

Which accounting standard do I use for sole traders and partnerships?

Webinars

Entering the world of new UK GAAP

FRS 102 and financial instruments - hedging

Practicewire articles

Accounting for forward contracts under the new GAAP

New UK GAAP and Distributable profits

The 2015 small company conundrum: FRSSE 2015 or early adoption of FRS 102 Part 1A?

Non-audit services

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Non-audit services

APB ES5 (Revised) prohibits the provision of accounting services to listed company clients and their significant affiliates. Does this prevent us from using our computer facilities to reformat and present accounts information provided to us by the client?

Audit committee pre-approval of non-audit services (FRC Ethical Standard)

Can I attend the board meetings of my audit client company?

Can our legal services department undertake work for our audit client?

Can we act as forensic accountants for audit clients of the firm?

Can we provide corporate finance advice to our audit clients?

Can we provide non-audit services to our public interest clients that are not listed?

Can we undertake internal audit services for the client?

Letters of representation

Tax advocacy services (FRC Ethical Standard)

The client's accounts are produced using software we provided and we then audit the accounts. Is this acceptable?

To what extent can I prepare tax information for listed audit clients, if that information might be used by the client in the accounts?

We are prohibited from providing tax services for a contingency fee if the outcome of the tax services is 'dependent on the proposed application of tax law which is uncertain or has not been established'. What is the consequent position on tax services provided on a contingent fee basis?

We have a partner who is an actuary. He has been asked to provide some services to our audit client. Can we continue with the audit?

We want to provide tax services for our audit client. Surely this normal compliance work is not ruled out by the APB standards is it?

What does the guidance say about audit teams cross selling services to audit clients?

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Practice

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Practice

Acting as a subcontractor

Arrangements of alternates

ATOL whole firm compliance review checklist 

Auditor Liability Limitation Agreements

Auto-enrolment

Bribery Act 2010

Buying and selling fees

Can an entity become audit registered?

Change of appointment

Changes in the composition of a firm

Client’s money regulations

Clients’ money regulations compliance review

Cold file audit compliance review

Consultation arrangements

Contracts of employment

Coping with the incapacity or sudden death of a sole practitioner

Corporate practice

Credit control procedures

Data Protection Act

Decision to accept appointment

Disclosure of confidential information

Disengagement checklist

Disengagement letters

DPB compliance review

Email footers and disclaimers

Employing a subcontractor

Employment references

Engagement letters

Fee protection insurance

Fit and proper declaration

Is an entity a member firm and can it use the description ‘chartered accountant’?

ICAEW statement on engaging in public practice (valid from 1 January 2017)

IT systems compliance review

Letters of representation

Limited company - letterhead checklist

Limited company - example letterhead

LLP - letterhead checklist

LLP - example letterhead

Managing professional liability of accountants - illustrative wordings

Marketing

New client information

Partnership agreements

Partnerships - letterhead checklist

Partnerships - example letterhead

Practice Assurance compliance review

Practice insurances

Practice names and letterheads 

Services directive

Sole practitioner - letterhead checklist

Sole practitioner - example letterhead

Use of 'Chartered Accountant'

Whole firm audit compliance review

Wrongful trading

Withholding signature or service

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Small companies

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