Information in response to COVID-19
Following the government announcement, we have now moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 as of Thursday 14 May.
Level 2 is about reducing the risk of transmission and at this Level we expect to see a significant further opening of activity—but it is still not business as usual.
We will be opening our Wellington office on Tuesday 2 June 2020 with a small number of staff present. Most of our employees will, however, remain working remotely.
COVID-19 is an unprecedented global pandemic that is currently impacting the operations of many reporting entities across all sectors in New Zealand. Those preparing, those charged with governance, and auditors of general purpose financial reports (GPFRs) will need to consider the current impact and emerging risks arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here we provide some links to useful information to assist preparers and auditors during this period of significant disruption to business-as-usual and increased uncertainty of the impact and response to COVID-19.
If you prepare or audit GPFRs in accordance with XRB standards, we hope the information in the links below will help you. please contact us if you have any questions.
COVID-19: Trust and Confidence—XRB's actions
A note from the XRB Board Chair and our Chief Executive
Our accounting and auditing standards give New Zealand trust and confidence in the financial reporting of corporate business, government agencies and charities.
It is this trust and confidence in financial reporting that is even more critical in the current environment where COVID-19 is impacting the operations of all reporting entities across all sectors of New Zealand.
We are aware that preparers of financial accounts and auditors are all facing practical difficulties in preparing financial statements and carrying out audits. We further expect, given the current uncertainty and volatility of the economy, that more entities and auditors will need to consider reporting on material uncertainties relating to going concern.
We are therefore in the process of creating guidance for preparers and users of financial reports relating to going concern disclosures and assurance requirements, and to explain the meaning of various modifications to the audit report we expect to see in the current environment.
We further believe that collaboration and communication is more critical now amongst all the various stakeholders in the financial reporting chain to maintain trust and confidence in financial reporting.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 crises the XRB has been reaching out to key stakeholders in the financial reporting chain, including other international and national standard setters. The purpose of this outreach is to understand what practical issues are being encountered with the standards, and to determine what we can do to assist in maintaining trust and confidence in financial reporting in New Zealand.
As a first step we have created this section of our website consisting of a collation of guidance and other useful information related to COVID-19 implications for accounting and auditing standards.
We are continuing to conduct focused constituent engagement activities to stay ahead of the curve on accounting and auditing issues in response to COVID-19 as they start to evolve and will consider appropriate actions in response.
We will keep you informed of any developments in this regard. If you have any questions regarding our work, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.