Newswire September 2019

  • By Mercia Group
  • 30 September 2019 00:00

With our MPs having returned to Parliament after the supreme court ruling that the suspension of Parliament was unlawful, we await news on Brexit and the 2019 Budget. The first two in our series of six Brexit webinars (in which our team of technical experts discuss the latest position and the impact on your practice and clients) is now available as part of your training membership or to buy as a series, you now have the option to download webinars as MP3s, so you can listen to them on the move. We also have a one day conference running, looking at a wide range of issues arising from Brexit following on from the outcome of 31 October 2019. 

Meanwhile, September is a time for both reporting and planning, and this month we see some reminders about error-free accounts filing and scrutiny of charity accounts.

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Independent review of the Loan Charge

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FRC Annual Report

The Financial Reporting Council has issued its annual report for 2018/19. The report describes its progress in areas such as revising and overhauling the UK Corporate Governance Code and UK Stewardship Code and also highlights its increase in enforcement resourcing. There is a focus on audit quality and corporate reporting, which comes at least in part as a response to the Kingman review and heralds the introduction of the FRC’s successor body, the ARGA. The new ARGA will have new powers and new leadership while still building on the work of the FRC so the work highlighted by the FRC this year will be a basis for where the ARGA begins. The report can be accessed here.

Charity Commission accounts monitoring benchmark for the external scrutiny of charity accounts

The Charity Commission issued a policy paper at the end of August 2019 setting a benchmark for the external scrutiny of charity accounts. The idea is that setting a minimum standard will encourage good performance, even where a charity uses an independent examiner who is not required to have specific qualifications. It should also enable trustees to make a clear-sighted assessment of whether their independent examiner or auditor understands their charity sufficiently well.

At the same time the Charity Commission shared the results of its most recent accounts monitoring review, which looked at the accounts of 296 charities and assessed the reports of their auditors or independent examiners against the new benchmark. The results were most positive when looking at the larger charities, where 76% of the accounts reviewed met the scrutiny benchmarks; for the smallest charities this fell to 37%. A particular issue was in the reporting of related party transactions. The report provides a good indication to trustees of places to focus more preparation effort and to expect enhanced scrutiny from their auditor or independent examiner. You can read more about the review here.

Companies House accounts filing reminder

Companies House has issued various reminders and set out some of the common pitfalls in accounts filing. The push is clearly to online filing, though companies are reminded that if they have never done this before they will need an authentication code which is sent by post and can take a few days, so it cannot be left to the last minute.

Companies still wanting to file on paper need to remember that there is a manual checking process. Accounts will count as having been submitted on time if they arrive before the filing deadline (note the Cardiff office is staffed 24/7 and London and Edinburgh offices have postboxes, but the Belfast office can accept submissions only in office hours). However, if errors are noted and the accounts need to be resubmitted a company that has left filing to the last minute may find it does not have the time to get the resubmission done by the deadline. The option no longer exists to submit unfinished accounts, have them rejected and gain a 14 day extension to submit a final version.

Find out more, as well as some of the most bizarre excuses for late accounts filing, on the Companies House website.

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