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Independent Standard-Setting Boards
The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board sets high-quality international standards for auditing, assurance, and quality control that strengthen public confidence in the global profession.
The International Accounting Education Standards Board establishes standards, in the area of professional accounting education, that prescribe technical competence and professional skills, values, ethics, and attitudes.
The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants sets high-quality, internationally appropriate ethics standards for professional accountants, including auditor independence requirements.
The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board develops standards, guidance, and resources for use by public sector entities around the world for preparation of general purpose financial statements.
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To help improve the management and operational efficiency of practices, especially small- and medium-sized accountancy practices (SMPs), this area is intended to help those managing practices to address opportunities and challenges; improve their competitiveness, profitability, and sustainability; enhance their expertise, competence, and efficiency; create an environment conducive to the provision of high-quality services; and showcase global best practices and latest practice management techniques. Read More
In this IFAC Gateway Roundtable Series, members of the IFAC Small and Medium Practices Committee discuss the challenges of attracting new clients, creating new services, and adapting to technological change–most importantly, how the data in the IFAC Global SMP Survey can help shed light on these issues. Read More
Small- and medium-sized practices are turning to technology for ways to expand and enhance their practice models and services. Read More
Where Machines Could Replace Accountants—and Where They Can't (Yet)
by Paul Thompson, Consultant | September 6, 2016 |
Technology poses a threat to the accountancy profession as automation could replace much of the work accountants do, according to experts—the profession must accelerate its move into tasks and activities less susceptible to automation such as advisory services. Read More
Joel Sinkin, an expert in mergers and acquisitions in accountancy, provides guidelines about choosing the right successor practice/firm when you start to plan for your future.
For many practitioners the busy season is over and it’s time to relax and reflect—reflect on what the future holds for our great profession and consider whether, and if so how, to grow the firm. This future might rest in building advisory and consulting services. This article looks at some steps a firm might take to go about this. Read More
- Guide to Practice Management for Small- and Medium-Sized Practices, Third Edition
December 13, 2012 - IFAC