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2022

Rechnungslegung
15 August 2022

IDW:
Further Technical Advice on the Effects of the War in Ukraine on Accounting and Auditing

On 18 July 2022, the IDW published further Technical Advice on the Effects of the War in Ukraine on Accounting and Auditing (in German). This should be viewed as a supplement to the Technical Advice of 8 March 2022 (most recently supplemented on 14 April 2022) and refers to the accounting standards and risks that should also be considered in accounting and reporting for the reporting date of 30 June 2022.

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Berufspolitik
8 August 2022

Second Amendment of the Professional Charter for Professional Accountants in Public Practice

Following its original version in 2016, the Professional Charter for Professional Accountants in Public Practice (BS WP/vBP) has been amended for the second time by means of a resolution of the advisory board of 3 June 2022. After approval by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK, Article 57 para. 3b sentence 1 Auditors’ Code), the amendments entered into force on 29 June 2022 (“Neu auf WPK.de” of 28 June 2022 (in German)).

Reasons for the Amendments

The need to amend the Professional Code arose from the amendments to national statute law, primarily through the Financial Market Integrity Strengthening Act (FISG, entered into force on 1 July 2021), in addition also through the Act Modernising Notarial Professional Law and Amending Other Provisions (entered into force on 1 August 2021) and the Act to Promote Consumer-Oriented Offers in the Legal Services Market (entered into force on 1 October 2021).

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Berufsrecht
2 August 2022

Transparency Reports 2021/2022 (Art. 13 Regulation (EU) 537/2014)

According to Art. 13 Regulation (EU) 537/2014, public accountants and public accounting firms that carry out statutory audits of public-interest entities must publish a transparency report on their websites every year and inform the competent authority - in Germany the Auditor Oversight Body [Abschlussprüferaufsichtsstelle (APAS)].

Sonstiges
22 July 2022

DCGK Government Commission: New code entered into force – special focus on sustainable company management

The German Corporate Governance Code (Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex (DCGK)) in its newest version entered into force on 27 June 2022 after the Federal Ministry of Justice had published the revised version of 28 April 2022 in the Federal Gazette.

The new code contains updated principles and extended recommendations for management and supervisory boards of listed companies.

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Berufsrecht
15 July 2022

Opinion:
IESBA survey on the strategy and work plan 2024 to 2027

WPK approves only tightly limited amendments to the IESBA Code of Ethics – On 16 June 2022, the WPK issued a statement as part of the survey on the strategy and work plan 2024 to 2027 (Strategy Survey 2022) of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA).

The WPK believes that the subject of sustainability is also important for the IESBA. However, the IESBA should first of all examine whether the existing principle-based regulations of the IESBA code of Ethics (Code) are sufficient to cover the subject adequately from the point of view of regulating the profession. Only if this is not the case should the IESBA consider appropriate amendments, but coordinate closely with the relevant stakeholders and, in particular, the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB).

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WPK
4 July 2022

Press release:
Dr. Michael Hüning is Executive Director of the German Chamber of Public Accountants

Dr. Michael Hüning, public accountant and tax advisor, has been Executive Director of the German Chamber of Public Accountants since 1 July 2022; he was Deputy Executive Director since 1 January 2022.

Dr. Hüning will be responsible for the areas of quality control, reporting and auditing / accounting, examination, organisation / information technology and public relations as well as for the regional offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Munich on the Executive Board from 1 October 2022. He succeeds Dr. Reiner Veidt, who will retire on 30 September 2022 after more than 22 years as Executive Director.

Thus, the Executive Board will consist of Dr. Eberhard Richter, lawyer (in-house lawyer), and Dr. Hüning as of 1 October 2022. The German Chamber of Public Accountants wishes the new Executive Board all the best in its work for the profession of the German public accountants.

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Sonstiges
28 June 2022

Sanctions against Russia due to the war of aggression against Ukraine:
Accountancy, auditing, bookkeeping, and tax advice prohibited for legal entities domiciled in Russia

According to new EU legislation, it is prohibited to provide direct or indirect services in the fields of auditing, including accountancy, bookkeeping and tax advice as well as business and public relations consultancy for the Russian government or legal entities, organisations or institutions domiciled in Russia.

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Prüfung
20 June 2022

Comment Letter:
IESBA Consultation on Amendments to the Code of Ethics relating to the Definition of Engagement Team and Group Audits

On 24 May 2022, the WPK issued a comment letter on the proposed amendments to the Code of Ethics relating to the definition of engagement team and group audits.

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Berufspolitik
13 June 2022

Comment Letter:
Draft Bill for Improved Protection for Whistleblowers and implementing the Directive on the Protection of Persons Who Report Breaches of Union Law

Germany should have transposed the EU Whistleblower Directive into German law by 17 December 2021. A first attempt failed in the last legislative period, which ended in September 2021 with the federal general election.

In April 2022, the Federal Ministry of Justice has now published a draft bill to implement the Whistleblower Directive. The WPK stated its opinion on this on 10 May 2022.

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Sonstiges
27 May 2022

BFB:
Jobs Portal for Ukrainian Refugees Launched – Auditors/Chartered Accountants Can Publish Vacancies Free of Charge

Professional services have a strong integrative power, as shown by the continuing growing proportion of apprentices with foreign roots, now just under 16 %, and other indicators. From the start of the war in Ukraine they volunteered their expertise in the service of looking after and supporting people fleeing the conflict. Against this background, the Federation of German Independent Professionals [Bundesverband der Freien Berufe (BFB)] has launched a Jobs Portal for Ukrainian refugees.

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Nachhaltigkeit
20 May 2022

EFRAG:
Drafts of the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ED ESRS) published

The EFRAG has published the first set of draft standards on sustainability reporting (ED European Sustainability Reporting Standards, ED ESRS). The drafts and further consultation documents are available on the EFRAG website and can be commented on until 8 August 2022.

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Prüfung
11 May 2022

IESBA:
Revised definition of a “Public Interest Entity” (PIE) published

On 11 April 2022, the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) published the revised definition of a “Public Interest Entity” (PIE) in the International Code of Ethics.

The IESBA is hereby expanding the list of company categories that in future should be considered to be PIEs and whose audits will therefore be subject to additional independence requirements. As a result, the increased expectations of the interest groups with respect to the independence of the auditor in PIE audits will be met.

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Rechnungslegung
4 May 2022

IDW:
Technical Advice on the Effects of the War in Ukraine on Accounting and Auditing Updated

The IDW updated its Technical Advice on the Effects of the War in Ukraine on Accounting and Auditing (in German) on 8 April 2022 because the effects of the Ukraine War will be reflected in the balance sheets and profit and loss statements of the companies affected for the first time at the end of the first quarter.

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Sonstiges
27 April 2022

Combating Money Laundering:
WPK Updates List of High-Risk Countries

In its notification of 4 March 2022, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has updated the list of countries that are under FATF monitoring. In a notification of the same date, the FATF published a list of countries that have received a call for action from the FATF (unchanged as of the status of 21 February 2021).

The WPK most recently updated the overview of the lists on 8 April 2022 and has made them available in the Members area Meine WPK (in German) for information purposes.

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Nachhaltigkeit
12 April 2022

ISSB Publishes First Draft Standards

The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) has published the first two drafts of its sustainability standards for comments.

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Sonstiges
5 April 2022

APAS:
2022 Working Programme Expanded by Aspects relating to the Ukraine War

In light of recent events, the Auditors’ Supervisory Office (Abschlussprüferaufsichtsstelle - APAS) has expanded its 2022 Working Programme (which WPK reported on at “Neu auf WPK.de” of 13 January 2022 (in German)) with a chapter “Impacts of the Ukraine War”. The working programme is published on the APAS website (in German).

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Sonstiges
25 March 2022

European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs Votes on Draft CSRD

The European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) has taken the lead in discussion the Commission’s Draft for a Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and voted on it at its meeting of 14 March 2022. From what we hear, JURI had the following views:

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Sonstiges
22 March 2022

European Commission:
Updated ESEF Basic Taxonomy 2021 Adopted in EU Law

On 7 March 2022, the fourth version of the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/352 of the European Commission of 29 November 2021 supplementing Directive 2004/109/EC of the European Parliament and Council with respect to technical regulatory standards for the specification of a single electronic reporting format (ESEF) was published in the Official Journal of the EU.

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Berufsrecht
17 March 2022

IESBA:
Save the dates! Three Round Tables on Tax Planning

In April 2022, the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) will hold three virtual round tables on the subject of Tax Planning and Related Services. The dates are as follows (German times):

  • 25 April 2022, 5.00 to 9.00 pm,
  • 26 April 2022, 2.00 to 6.00 pm,
  • 28 April 2022, 6.00 to 10.00 pm.
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Berufsrecht
14 March 2022

IESBA:
Exposure Draft on Amendments to the Code of Ethics relating to the Definition of Engagement Team and Group Audits

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) is conducting an exposure draft on amendments to the Code of Ethics relating to the definition of engagement team and group audits (Proposed Revisions to the Code Relating to the Definition of Engagement Team and Group Audits). Comments are requested by 31 May 2022.

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Berufsrecht
9 March 2022

IESBA:
Exposure Draft on Amendments to the Code of Ethics relating to Technology

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) is conducting an exposure draft on amendments to the Code of Ethics (Code) relating to technology (Proposed Technology-related Revisions to the Code). Comments are requested by 22 June 2022.

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Sonstiges
9 March 2022

Proposal for an EU Directive for corporate sustainability due diligence

On 23 February 2022, the EU Commission published the proposal for a directive for corporate sustainability due diligence. Companies are to be required to identify the negative impacts of their activities on human rights (such as child labour and exploitation of employees) and on the environment (for example, environmental pollution and loss of biodiversity) and, where necessary, to prevent, cease or reduce them. The proposal for the directive thus goes in the same direction as the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act.

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Berufspolitik
15 February 2022

Comment Letter:
EU Consultation on Improving the Quality and Implementation of Company Reporting

On 2 February 2022, the WPK released its comment letter as part of the EU Consultation on Improving the Quality and Implementation of Company Reporting. The consultation covers the five areas outlined below.

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Berufspolitik
15 February 2022

Comment Letter:
Proposed Standard for Auditing the Financial Statements of Less Complex Entities (ISA for LCE)

On WPK.de, the WPK submitted its comment letter on the Proposed International Standard on Auditing for Audits of Financial Statements of Less Complex Entities – ED ISA for LCE to the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB).

The draft has been designed to represent a uniform worldwide approach to auditing, which should make the ISAa scalable and more appropriate for auditing less complex entities.

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WPK
31 January 2022

Press Release:
Dr Michael Hüning is the new deputy executive director of the Chamber of Public Accountants

Dr Michael Hüning has been the deputy executive director of the Chamber of Public Accountants since 1 January 2022.

Dr Hüning is a public accountant and tax advisor. Previously he had his own practice and, before that, he worked for various accounting firms. There, he dealt with advice on matters relating to the International Financial Reports Standards (IFRS), in particular.

At the Chamber of Public Accountants he will support the executive directors Dr Reiner Veidt and Dr Eberhard Richter. It is planned that he will replace Dr Reiner Veidt when he retires.

The Chamber of Public Accountants wishes Dr Hüning every success in his work for the profession of public accountants.

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