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Personal Financial Planning (PFP) is an area in which ICAEW Chartered Accountants are able to use their skills and experience and trusted relationships to deliver complementary services and work with other professionals to help clients and their families manage their personal finances. This increasingly important area of professional advice typically involves aspects of lifetime cash-flow modelling, investments, pensions and retirement planning, tax and estate planning, probate and personal insurances.
Guidance for firms on compliance with the Practice Assurance, clients' money, PII, PC and other regulations.
Audit and assurance
To gain audit rights, you need to hold an audit qualification such as the ICAEW Audit Qualification.
This section explains what constitutes regulated audit work, what is meant by the term 'registered auditor' and how your firm can become a registered auditor. Application forms are also available in this section as well as a guide to which forms your firm will need to complete.
This helpsheet provides a checklist of matters to be addressed when conducting a whole firm audit compliance review in accordance with the Audit Regulations and Guidance and International Standard on Quality Control (UK) and (Ireland) (ISQC 1) for a Registered Auditor regulated by ICAEW.
Regulations and guidance for those working in the regulated area of audit in the UK, Ireland and the Crown Dependencies.
New pensions regulations came into force on 1 October 2012 that mean every employer with at least one member of staff has a duty to enrol eligible employees into a workplace pension scheme and contribute towards it. In this short article we look at what this means for practitioners, highlighting the help and support available from ICAEW and the Pensions Regulator.
New pensions regulations came into force on 1 October 2012 that mean every employer with at least one member of staff has a duty to enrol eligible employees into a workplace pension scheme and contribute towards it.
A five page update from the Pensions Regulator highlighting regulation changes for automatic enrolment, effective 1 April 2015.
Whilst the Pensions Regulator has set out a wide range of practical issues which must be considered by employers when selecting an appropriate workplace pension scheme, there is no formal guidance as to the amount of due diligence required. The purpose of this helpsheet is to assist members by setting out ICAEW's view on the factors which we would expect our members to consider when assessing whether a scheme is appropriate.
On this page members of the Corporate Governance Community can find more information on the role of chartered accountants who act as non-executive directors
This article identifies the vulnerabilities for ICAEW members who act as a shadow or de-facto director.
This ICAEW guide provides an overview of directors' duties and responsibilities, including on internal governance, transactions between a company and its directors or shareholders, and corporate administration. It also covers responsibilities in relation to insolvent or financially challenged companies, as well as penalties for breach of directors' responsibilities.
Whistleblowing and shareholder responses to corporate governance failings were on the agenda at the 2018 AGM season. Here are the top 5 corporate governance stories of recent weeks.
This section provides all the information you need to know to apply for an ICAEW insolvency licence, including a full list of requirements and details of the fees involved.
ICAEW and our Restructuring & Insolvency Community have developed a suite of materials to help you promote the value of ICAEW insolvency practitioners. The guide and videos can be shared with your clients, business partners and staff. The materials provide a view of the direction of the market and offer guidance on the seven stages of business recovery and the role of insolvency and restructuring specialists.
The resources in this section support the work of ICAEW licensed insolvency practitioners and their staff who undertake formal corporate insolvency appointments under the Insolvency Act 1986 (and associated legislation). Guidance and checklists providing information on: liquidations (voluntary and compulsory), company voluntary arrangements (CVAs), administrations, moratoriums and administrative receiverships.
Insolvency is a regulated profession and insolvency practitioners must meet certain standards.
Licensed Practice Scheme
27 October: HMRC has reiterated that payroll services offered by third parties to disabled individuals employing personal assistants are not VAT exempt, maintaining a First-tier Tribunal case was ‘wrongly decided’.
15 October: Guidance from ICAEW’s Tax Faculty on the quick action needed to reconcile Employment Allowance (EA) and the NIC element of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).
Staff come to the firm or practice, and staff go again. The leaving may be retirement, moving on to another practice-either locally or moving away, or it may be they have decided to set up on their own.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme portal is imperfect, yet it is a perfect example of how much and how quickly something can be achieved in pursuit of a common goal.
Virtual Finance Director
As compliance services become increasingly automated, the ability to deliver well-rounded business advice to clients will become a key skill for accountants. Paul Richmond, Managing Director of the Grogroup, and Matt Flanagan, Managing Director of Bluehub, provide insights on how to become a great adviser in the digital era.
Peter Taffe, of BWMacfarlane, explains how advances in technology have made the concept of a ‘Virtual Finance Director (FD)’ a practical reality in this webinar from May 2018.
A guide from Xero that seeks to explain how to become a Virtual CFO and provide the valuable services to your clients.
ICAEW educational films
Develop skills to identify risk, technical competence and professional scepticism.
An exciting film drama created to facilitate thought-provoking discussions about how accountants, auditors and company directors should act when faced with difficult situations.
We know that audit regulators continue to identify and highlight weaknesses in the quality of audits performed by the audit firms they regulate but what are their key concerns?
Without Question® is ICAEW’s second drama film. It provides an impactful and interesting way to highlight the challenges of directors and professional advisors seeking assurance on difficult issues. It also explores the underestimated importance of effective communication.