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Most organisations in Australia undertake some form of leasing arrangement and many of these lease arrangements have been classified as operating leases with no impact to the balance sheet.

Over 85% of the leasing commitments do not appear on today’s balance sheets, making it difficult for investors and other users of financial statements to obtain an accurate picture of an entity’s future leasing commitments.

The new leases standard – AASB 16 is effective from the beginning of the 2019 calendar year. Property and equipment operating leases previously recognised off-balance sheet will be accounted for as a Right-of-Use (ROU) asset and lease liability. This will provide more transparency regarding a company’s leasing commitments and change key financial measurements such as gearing ratios, asset turnover and EBITDA. However, lessor accounting will remain unchanged from the current leases standard.

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“SMSF Auditor Failure to Qualify Opinion, leading to losses for Trustee’’

On 23 May 2018, the NSW Court of Appeal handed down a decision that the auditor of a self-managed super fund (SMSF caused the losses incurred by the trustee of the SMSF.

In the case Cam & Bear Pty Ltd v McGoldrick, the decision was held in the NSW Court of Appeal (NSWCA), that the Auditor of the SMSF had breached his duty of care to the trustees of the SMSF, in that negligence was displayed in the Auditors performance when issuing an unqualified audit opinion, albeit significant issues were present in the SMSF financial statements for the financial years 2003 to 2007.

This negligence ultimately resulted in the financial losses sustained by the plaintiff.

The decision by the NSW Court of Appeals resulted in a liability apportionment of 90/10 against the auditor. (See more details about the case here). The case findings provide a reminder to all audit practitioners about the requirements to comply with all relevant Australian Auditing Standards during the conduct of an audit, in particular; ASA 500 – Audit Evidence.

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