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Assurance Reports

For many small and medium businesses, the costs of a statutory audit often outweigh the perceived benefits. However, there are other forms of assurance that are more cost-effective and can be better suited to the needs of smaller businesses.

A review engagement can often offer the solution – meeting the needs of smaller companies without the cost of a full statutory audit. This form of engagement provides less assurance than an audit but still increases the credibility of the financial statements – which is of particular use to securing additional borrowings or investment.

Review engagements are prepared in accordance with international standards (ISRE 2400) and are performed by staff with the expertise to carry out a statutory audit. During the process, issues such as going concern, fraud or non-compliance with laws will be highlighted and assessed. This can give peace of mind to users of the financial statements from the enhanced assurance provided by an objective independent accountant.

Additionally, the review engagement provides the flexibility for us to offer bespoke advice based on your individual circumstances. As part of the engagement we will perform a systems review, which can help to optimise your financial reporting processes and help to improve efficiency – reducing the likelihood of errors occurring. This can provide valuable feedback and assistance to businesses with plans for growth, or for businesses hoping to sell in the future.

How Business Models Affect VAT Liability

July 2017

Man calculate cost and expenses and using laptop for search

Your business model probably isn’t something you would think affects your VAT liability. And why would you? At first glance both things appear completely unrelated, however this could not be further from the truth. By making yourself aware of your VAT obligations and how your business model impacts on them, you will be able to […]

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