Revisionsplikt i små ägarledda aktiebolag : Intressenternas inställning till, och gardering mot ett eventuellt avskaffande av revisionsplikten
Abstract (Summary)The debate about the possibilities to omit the audit duty for small and middle-sized joint-stock companies was once again actualized after Svenskt Näringsliv (Confederation of Swedish Enterprise) published a report in March 2005. In the European Union’s fourth company directive each member country can choose to omit the audit duty for small companies, however in the European Union it is only the Nordic countries that still obtain the audit duty for such companies.The information in a company’s accounting should be used by the stakeholders to ensure the economical position of the company. With a result of an independent auditor inspecting the annual report, the stakeholders get a receipt to ensure that it’s contents is controlled and follows the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The problem for the stakeholders is how to make sure that they receive reliable information for estimating the company if the audit duty is omitted.Our purpose with this thesis is to investigate how the external stakeholders of small jointstock companies think about omitting the audit duty and which aftereffects this omitting can bring to the stakeholders. The stakeholders are creditors, the National Tax Board, the Swedish National Economic Crimes Bureau, the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and auditors. Our empirical research is performed on a qualitative research approach based on personal interviews.The conclusion of this paper is that most of our stakeholders have a need for revised annual reports. The company’s audited accounting inspires confidence to its information, which guarantees that the company can complete their contractual duty against the stakeholder. An omitting of the audit duty would erase the quality receipt, which leads to an increased need of control for the stakeholders to ensure their trust to the annual reports.
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:01/18/2006