In This Chapter
Cutting the deck for a fair deal: Why audits are needed
Interpreting the auditor’s report
Knowing what auditors catch and don’t catch
Growing beyond audits: Professional accountancy practices as advisers and consultants
Questioning the independence of auditors
If we’d written this chapter 50 years ago, we’d have talked almost exclusively about the role of the professional chartered or certified accountant as the auditor of the financial statements and footnotes presented in a business’s annual financial report to its owners and lenders. Back then, in the ‘good old days’, audits were a professional accountancy firm’s bread‐and‐butter service – audit fees were a large share of these firms’ annual revenue. Audits were the core function that accountants performed then. In addition to audits, accountants provided accounting and tax advice to their clients, and that was pretty much all they did.
Today, accountants do a lot more ...