Charity News: Independent examination

The COVID-19 pandemic will have a significant impact on the independent examination of charity accounts, both on the nature of the work that will need to be performed and the practical difficulties involved. To address these issues the charity regulators have published supplementary guidance for independent examiners for the work they perform during times of national emergency.

The main areas this guidance covers are:

  • the impact of the pandemic on obtaining access to the charity’s records, particularly when social distancing measures are in place
  • access to those in management and control of the charity
  • additional risk factors the examiner will need to consider
  • implications for the examiner’s report
  • sign off and filing of accounts.

Examiners will familiarise themselves with this supplementary guidance, but will also be beneficial for small charities subject to independent examination to be aware of the issues it covers. Charities can arrange to have the necessary documentation ready to ensure that the examination process goes as smoothly as possible.

Guidance: https://bit.ly/36caK8i

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For more information on our charity services please visit our website or contact Frank Harling on 01932 830664 or charities@wardwilliams.co.uk

About the author

Frank originally joined PKG in 2005 before it was acquired by Ward Williams in 2010.  Having started at PKG as a Trainee he qualified firstly as an Certified Accounting Technician, before moving on and becoming qualified with the ACCA.

Frank is based at our Uxbridge office as Corporate Services Manager. Frank manages a portfolio of both audit and non-audit clients in a range of different sectors and industries, as well as assisting with the running of the corporate services department.

He has extensive experience of providing Audit, Accounts preparation, Corporation Tax, VAT, CIS and Payroll. Frank also holds a solid experience with regards accounting and audit in a number of specialist areas, including charities, solicitors and pension schemes.

frank.harling@wardwilliams.co.uk

01895 236335