Revisionsplikten : En Jämförelse Sverige - Storbritannien
Abstract (Summary)In the laws and regulations of the European Union there is a passage that compels every limited company to set up an annual report and to have that report audited by a qualified accountant. According to the fourth directive from the European Commission each member state are given the opportunity to allow an exemption for the smallest companies from the otherwise obligatory regulation. Sweden has, unlike almost every other European Union member, this far chosen to ignore that possibility.The purpose of this paper is to view the thoughts and opinions concerning obligatory audit for the small limited companies in Sweden. It will also be examined if the experience gained from the ease of UK regulations on this point can help to appreciate the outcome of a similar Swedish decision.The view of the small companies of Sweden has been examined through a survey, which has been sent to 300 small companies collected from the open database Forreg.se. The survey received a response rate of 19 percent whereof 9 percent could not be analysed.In the UK, an earlier report has shown that 54 percent of the investigated companies would use the possibility not to file audited reports.The results from the Swedish study shows that the Swedish companies have a more positive view on auditing. A total of 66 percent of the companies were positive to the rules of today and responded in favour of maintained rules or a reworked version of the rules rather than implementing voluntary auditing. A majority, 58 percent, of the companies replied that they didn’t assess that the cost of filling an audited report were greater than the benefits. The conclusion of the result is that 58 percent would use the voluntary audit rule.
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:02/08/2007