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Vice President of KICPA joins IFAC
Yeong-kyun Ahn, Vice President for Research and Education of KICPA, joined the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). He had been nominated as one of the members of the IFAC board at a council meeting held in Vancouver, Canada on 13th Novermber. The term of board is three years. Joong-Kyung Choi, KICPA President, said “It is a privileged opportunity for Korea to have a seat in the IFAC board, which is the second time, following the previous Korea board member of Prof. In-ki Joo, currently serving as the President of IFAC,” adding that “KICPA will expand our presence in the global stage.” IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession, comprising more than 175 member and associate organizations in 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing nearly three million profession accountants.
- KICPA announces the Standard Audit Hours (SAH) auditors need to spend The KICPA announced the Standard Audit Hours (SAH) auditors need to spend on 14th February, 2019, in order to improve audit quality and protect stakeholders, including investors. The SAH includes safeguards for audit clients as well to minimize companies’ burdens arising from the implementation of a new scheme. For this, the KICPA opened public hearing twice to collate various opinions from the information provider group and user group. The SAH describes that the increase rate of audit hours should not exceed 30% (50% for companies whose assets exceeding KRW 2 trillion) in case the SAH of a company increases more than 30% (50% for those whose assets exceeding KRW 2 trillion) from that of previous year. In addition, the SAH can be phased in or delayed to companies with assets less than KRW 2 trillion. As for SMEs with assets less than KRW 20 billion, they are exempted. 2019.10.02
- KICPA announces the Code of Conduct for Professional Accountants The KICPA announced the Code of Conduct for Professional Accountants on 16th October, 2018. The Code was prepared by a TF composed of Big4, SMPs and other relevant stakeholders and approved by the KICPA Council on 12th. The Code describes specifically what professional accountants comply with during which they perform audits. For one, auditors are not allowed to go golfing or entertainment bars/clubs with their clients, even though the bills are paid separately. The Code also includes a provision for the protection of audit clients from unduly costs or documentations. 2019.10.02
- KICPA publishes practice manual on accounting standards for non-for-profit entities The KICPA co-hosted a book launch event with the KB Kookmin Bank on 4th September in 2018. In March, the KICPA inked the cooperation MoU with the KB Bank to improve accounting transparency of non-for-profit entities and published the practice manual on accounting standards for non-for-profit entities and conducted accounting/taxation trainings to employees in the entities. The manual is designed to support employees of non-for-profit entities that have difficulties with applying accounting standards in practice via provision of illustrative examples. 2019.10.02
- The Mandatory Auditor Rotation Regime Temporarily Enforced in 2006 Was a Failed System? : Focusing on Prior Audit Quality On September 21, 2017, the Political Affairs Committee of the National Assembly agreed to revise the Act that a listed company, which has been audited by the same audit firm for six consecutive years,should change mandatorily the auditor. According to the Act, the new audit firms will be chosen by the Securities and Futures Commission rather than by the firms. However, as the mandatory auditor rotation was adopted in the past but it was abolished soon, there is no clear conclusion regarding the positive effects of the mandatory changes. Therefore the reintroduction of the mandatory auditor rotation regime can be a controversial issue. The study aims to review the appropriateness of reintroduction for the mandatory auditor rotation regime through analyzing the effects of that system, which was temporarily adopted in 2006. In particular, this study focuses on audit quality in the year preceding the mandatory changes, comparing to the prior research that focuses on audit quality after replacement. Under the mandatory auditor rotation regime enforced in 2006, companies could choose the new audit firms, so that they might tend to provide lower audit quality thanks to adverse effects such as the low audit fee according to the excessive competition between auditors. On the other hand, the auditors who are supposed to be forced to replace should bear the consequences such as the enforcement action of the Financial Services Commission and defamation if the problems occur after their replacement. Thus we expect that the auditors will have the incentive to provide a higher level of audit service on the verge of the change. 2018.05.29