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Independent auditors make work for themselves. - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
Independent auditors make work for themselves.
Statutory accounts "must be prepared in a set format, prescribed by company law..." so why does there appear to be so much confusion about the formats of our stat reporting?

How can it be that the format of the accounts that were signed off last year are now not valid? Could it perhaps be that if our "independent auditors" didn't find fault in our stats they might not be able to justify the hundreds of thousands of pounds they charge us each year to assess them?

We use some software written by a successful company with many clients to help us prepare our stats... and some of the formatting is hard coded into the software. This would suggest to me that the hard coded formatting is correct... how else is this company still in business with many clients? How is it then that our auditors have requested we change that formatting?

I have made changes today to six companies reports which I know to be incorrect... and will have to change them back when they are handed to the directors to sign as they will refuse to sign them in the current state. There's nothing that gets me wound up quite like emergency changes at the 11th hour only to be corrected again at 2 minutes to midnight.

You would have thought that if we prove that these "changes" prove to be a waste of our time that we could claim back some of those hundreds of thousands of pounds? In any normal business transaction that might be the case, but we are being held over a barrel and violently shafted without the benefit of lubrication.

I really fucking hate year statutory reporting.

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tabby_of_doom From: tabby_of_doom Date: April 8th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
You potty mouth.

paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: April 8th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry Ms Jones :(
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: April 9th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
<passes the WD-40>
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: April 9th, 2009 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
ahhhh... WD-40... that hits the spot!
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