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20 July 2020
Piotr STASZKIEWICZ

As I mentioned in my previous article on Asset measurement in a state of epidemic and economic slowdown, the measurement should be careful when it comes to right-of-use assets (i.e. leased assets, as they are popularly called), all the more so since an amendment to IFRS 16 has been in force for more than a month now.

15 June 2020
Piotr STASZKIEWICZ

In the previous article, I focused on asset measurement at fair value in the times of economic recession, uncertain future of companies and limited information exchange in the context of IFRS 13 assumptions. What about the measurement of assets to which IFRS 13 does not apply? Contrary to what you may think, there are quite a few of them.

8 June 2020
Piotr STASZKIEWICZ

We have recently written a lot about financial instruments: their definition, classification, measurement, impairment, etc. Since all this remains relevant and topical, we will soon be publishing a Q&A with the most frequently asked questions and explain the different aspects of financial instruments that keep baffling our readers.

Today, however, partly due to functioning in a state of epidemic and partly because I want to continue with the topic of impairment of assets (receivables), I decided to focus on the measurement of balance sheet items at fair value.

11 March 2020
Piotr STASZKIEWICZ

In one of our latest articles we have presented several of the most popular financial instruments, both simple and more complex. As auditors, we quite often see doubts concerning their disclosures and measurement, and it is not just about the most popular ones like e.g. futures, finance lease or loan agreements, but also about those less common in business practice, like e.g. debt securities convertible into common shares, bonds and call options for shares of another entity.

23 December 2019
Piotr STASZKIEWICZ

Another year is coming to an end, so for most companies and accounting departments the time of hard work and preparations to close the books has begun. On the basis of information received from our clients and inquiries addressed to us during the training courses conducted for financial and accounting departments, we have gathered a group of issues which, during the period of preparation of financial statements, are of constant interest and do not lose anything of their relevance. We have already discussed most of them for you on our blog; these are issues related to, among others: leasing, including IFRS 16 Leasing, investments in real estate IAS 40, the revaulation model according to IAS 16 or revenue recognition according to IFRS 15. In the following sequences we will present issues related to the creation and presentation of provisions (IAS 37) and the issue of residual value and depreciation according to IAS 16. Nevertheless, the greatest emphasis will be placed on the analysis of financial instruments.

25 November 2019
Piotr STASZKIEWICZ

Reaching out to you through different communication channels, we have recently extensively discussed the specific nature of the work of an auditor and the issues connected with their (proper) selection. We would also like to remind you how a company may benefit from being audited. We have already mentioned that it is a good thing if an auditor is your business partner for years, but now we want to show you what this is like in practice: what the benefits an auditor may provide to the audited company are and what the client is actually paying for.

28 October 2019
Piotr STASZKIEWICZ

What are the most common errors I come cross in financial statements? How do they distort the representation of economic events, thus producing unreliable data that is later presented to owners and certain institutions? Hence, what needs to be focused on in order to avoid these errors, close the financial year properly and save yourself the stress involved with an auditor’s visit? I encourage you to read my article as I go on to discuss selected aspects.

18 October 2019
Piotr STASZKIEWICZ

In this and in the next post, I am going to help you all realise and appreciate how immense the impact of managerial decisions is on the quality of company’s reporting. I would like to point out that if the company’s management board (and supervisory bodies) are not aware of the essence of accounting, do not understand the necessity of preparing financial statements and do not recognise the goal behind internal and external audit, any financial data processed by financial and accounting services are subject to material error, or at least fail to represent all economic events fairly and clearly.

2 October 2019
Piotr STASZKIEWICZ

We have already written a lot, both here and in national journals, about the importance of audit services, their meaning for businesses, the cooperation of management boards or supervisory bodies with auditors, and the qualities of a good auditor. Now it is time to say something about how this auditor (a statutory auditor or an audit firm) should be chosen.

25 February 2019
Piotr STASZKIEWICZ

We have recently written a lot about recognising revenue from construction and advisory services; today it is time for the next industry; this time, we are going to analyse the sale of non-material products. How should the revenue from the sale of the license and the service of software installation be recognised in the books?

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