Små aktiebolags intällningtill revisionsplikten : en jämförelse mellan fastighetsmäklarbranschen &blomsterbranschen
Abstract (Summary)Since two decades statutory audit exists for all limited companies regardless of the size of the company or the number of employees. The object of statutory audit is to prevent economic crimes and provide business economics information to the owner of the company and other interest groups. On account of the new guiding principles in the European community the Ministry of Justice year 2003 suggested a change in the regulation of the Companies Act with respect to bureau challenge. The suggestion denotes that the firms of auditors will not be able to offer both audit service and service of account to the same customer. Regarding the fourth principle of European Union small companies are given the possibility of exceptions from the statutory audit. This opportunity is utilized by every European country except the Nordic countries. (Thorell & Norberg, 2005). The announcement of the proposal for extended bureau challenge and the existing opportunity for small companies to exceptions from the statutory audit has started a debate among different interest groups, whether the statutory audit for small companies should remain or not.With regards to the debate that is going on, we found it of interest to examine the attitude to the statutory audit by small companies, and also to look into the fact whether different line of businesses have different opinions about the necessity of a remaining statutory audit.The purpose of this paper was to examine the attitude of the lines of flower and estate agency towards the statutory audit from the outlook of small companies and also to examine whether these lines of businesses have different opinions about the statutory audit.The essay took a deductive approach when it started out from existing theories within the field of the survey. A questionnaire was mailed to small companies within the lines of flower and estate agency. The 52 answers that were received were analysed with the theoretical frame of reference as base, and form the quantitative part of the survey. The qualitative part consists of the answers from five auditors that were received from interviews over the telephone. These answers are intended to be a complement to the answers from the questionnaire.The survey gave the result that both the lines of flower and estate agency have a negative attitude towards the statutory audit and a common opinion was that the statutory audit ought to be abolished. The survey showed that different opinions exist between the line of businesses, regarding the attitude about the relevance and the sufficiency in the information from the auditor when auditing the company. The estate agencies showed a more positive attitude to the information from the auditor than the flower line of business did. Any clear difference between the lines of businesses in the attitude of the statutory audit could not be established even if the line of flower, in many ways had a more negative attitude.The conclusion of this paper is that small companies are positive to an abolishment of the statutory audit. No clear difference between the lines of businesses could be found regarding the opinion of the necessity of a remaining statutory audit.
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:02/07/2006