UK FRC Reaffirms Importance Of 'True and Fair'

Friday, July 22, 2011 Print Email

The Accounting Standards Board (ASB) and Auditing Practices Board (APB) of the United Kingdom Financial Reporting Council (FRC) have published a paper discussing the 'true and fair' requirement and its relevance to preparers, those charged with governance and auditors.

The purpose of the paper is to confirm the view of the ASB and APB that the true and fair requirement remains of fundamental importance in both UK GAAP and IFRS.

The paper discusses the need for professional judgment, the role of 'prudence' under UK GAAP, reflecting 'substance over form', how the true and fair concept is represented in accounting standards, and the approach to be taken by auditors.When Dennis Nally started at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 37 years ago, the business was simpler, says the chairman of the accounting and management-consultancy. Back then nearly 80% of firm revenue stemmed from PWC audit work in the U.S.

Today, the company has 175,000 employees operating in 154 countries. And about half of PwC's global revenues derive from tax and advisory work, which includes consulting on operations, human resources and M&A, among other things.

About 18% of the firm's revenue comes from work for clients in developing markets in Asia, the Middle East, South America and Africa. Over the next five years, ...

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