Two (2) months ago, we wrote an article on Rules on Financial Statement Preparation now for Comments which was still for comments. Now, the Board of Accountancy has finally passed Board Resolution No. 3, Series of 2016, Requiring the Submission of Certificate by the Responsible CPAs on the Compilation Services for the Preparation of Financial Statements and Notes Thereto.
This is a game changer as we all know that there are so many companies employing accountants to prepare their financial statements who are not Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), and moreover, not accredited with the BOA.
The resolution provides, among others:
- Requirement of the attachment to the annual financial statement (FS) of a Certificate on the compilation services for the preparation of FS and notes to the FS.
- The Certificate shall be prepared only for issuers which/who have gross sales or revenues exceeding ten million pesos (P10,000,000) for a particular accounting year.
- The preparation of the FS and disclosure notes is a practice of accountancy in commerce and industry and shall be done only by Certified Public Accountants (“CPAs”).
- The reiteration of the rule that CPAs in public practice are prohibited from preparing or assisting in the preparation of FS and disclosure note of their clients which engaged them to render attest services for the same documents.
- The CPAs in public practice who violate this prohibition rule shall be subject to stern sanctions by the Board of Accountancy.
- The CPAs rendering the compilation services for the preparation of the FS and signing the Certificate shall first be accredited with the Professional Regulatory Board of Accountancy after submitting the necessary application and complying with the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.
- These CPAs should apply for accreditation not later than February 29, 2016 and comply with the CPD requirements not later than June 30, 2016 after signing an affidavit of undertaking to that effect.
- The rules shall apply for the FS pertaining to year 2015.
This Resolution shall take effect after fifteen (15) days following its publication in the Official Gazette or in any major daily newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines.
The question is – If the Practitioner or Employee is already accredited with BOA for Public Practice, is there a need to secure separate accreditation for Commerce and Industry in order to perform the compilation? BOA said:
- “NO”, if you are a practitioner compiling for your clients
- “YES” if you are an employee compiling for your employer, even if you are accredited in Public Practice
As it currently stands, BOA is giving all companies with revenue reaching P10 million to have the CPA preparers of their FS to accredit only until February 29, 2015 (update: until December 31, 2016). A very short period which will, again, expected to cause uproar especially from the Small and Medium Companies and Small and Medium Practices.
We’ll keep you posted for further developments with the game-changing resolution. What can you say? 🙂