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KICPA publishes CPA BSI Vol. 8
The KICPA publishes the CPA BSI Vol. 8, composed of the outcome of CPA Business Survey Index (BSI) and contributions on major issues of the Korean economy and industry. According to the CPA BSI, the economic condition in the 4th quarter of 2020 stands at 75 in the BSI, which is far below the standard of 100, meaning that the overall Korean economy is sluggish. However, the outcome shows that the economy has improved from the lowest score of 30 in the 2nd quarter of 2020, hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic. This indicates that CPAs forecast that the economy continues to slow down, but the severity has eased a bit. The BSI forecast for the first quarter of 2021 stands at 88, which means that the economy will not fully improve, but is expected to gradually bounce back, driven by improvements in exports. By industry, pharmaceuticals/bio, electronics and IT are expected to maintain their strength, while construction, textile/clothes and retail will continue to maintain their sluggishness in 2021. Meanwhile, automobiles and machinery that was slow sown in 2020 will pick up, triggered by strong exports and investments. Along with the outcome, the CPA BSI Vol. 8 also contains special contributions on “The World Economic Forecast 2021.” The Six Narratives of World Economic Forecast deals with the world economic forecast from the perspective of both the consensus and narrative of the economy. In addition, it also includes two journals on the automobile industry that emerges as future opportunities. “The Revolution of Future Automobiles and Changes of Industry Ecosystem” explores opportunities and insights from the latest three trends of future automobiles: eco-friendly; autonomous driving; and mobility service. “Accounting and Taxation Issues of Automobiles” deals with relevant issues arising from the new paradigms of eco-friendly and autonomous driving.
- KICPA raises relief fund for flood victims The KICPA raised a KRW200 million-relief fund for flood victims under the name of 23,000 CPAs. Half of the fund will be donated to the Seoul office of the Korean Red Cross, and half of them will go to regional offices of the Korean Red Cross via regional branches of the KICPA. Young-sik Kim, President of KICPA, said, “There are many victims battling the double whammy of Covid-19 and floods. I hope the relief fund would be helpful for the victims to get back to the normal routine.” 2020.09.16
- 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