Deregulation of the accounting profession is a huge threat to the entrepreneurs who - guided by, among others, the criterion of low prices for the service - in most cases do not know to whom they entrust the fate of their company. This is the conclusion of the debate dedicated to the safety of tax returns and accounting after deregulation organized by the Employers of Poland and Wolters Kluwer publishing house.
– The government allowing people, who do not have a deeper knowledge but just desire and belief that they will do it well, to keep accounts is a suicide – President of the National Chamber of Tax Advisers professor Jadwiga Glumińska-Pawlic said, commenting on the deregulation of the accounting profession.
Panelists drew attention to the fact that the choice of a good accountant - especially the chief accountant or accounting office – influences not only the company’s settlements with tax authorities. Accounting information is used by management in decision-making. Its quality i.e. reliability and credibility is therefore extremely important. Today, a professional accountant should be familiar not only with accounting and taxation regulations, but also reporting, social security contributions, and environment protection regulations as well as and statutory and organizational matters.
Let’s recall the facts – as a result of deregulation anyone can establish accounting business, which leads to a number of irregularities, such as: Confidentiality of personal data is often not kept. It happens that one accounting office maintains accounts of 300 companies using the same template. It was stressed in the debate that today the fact that somebody has not been convicted is a sufficient condition to be able to keep accounts. Nobody cares about obtaining any certificates.
Jerzy Koniecki, President of the Warsaw Regional Branch of Accountants Association in Poland, recalled the situation of the 90s, when a lot of accounting offices were established and were employing accountants from companies in liquidation. – For 15 years we have fought for the title of a professional accountant to be introduced. For various reasons, to this day, we could not do that. IT makes my hair stand on end that now a simple stamp for 200 PLN is enough to set up a company maintaining accounts for other entities – Koniecki said.
Jolanta Ptasińska, a tax advisor, was pondering over the question when the market will verify unprofessional entities. – Optimally within two years; realistically – in five years time. Tax offices will verify the skills of people benefiting from the deregulation – said Ptasińska. – In today's economic situation everyone saves - on workers, on services. But there is no chance for cheap and good services.
Robert Oliwa, Chairman of the Tax Committee of the Employers of Poland, presented the achievements of it. He drew attention to the fact that accountants are supposed to record the events; examine the documents’ formal but not substantive aspect. – You have to remember that most accountants are not aware as to whether there was a transaction or not – Oliwa said.
The debate was moderated by Wiesława Moczydłowska.
Employers of Poland and a publishing house Wolters Kluwer would like to remind you that the debate was organized as part of another edition of the prestigious competition for the title of "Leader of Accounting". Details of this event can be found at: http://www.pracodawcyrp.pl/patronaty/art,134,zostan-liderem-ksiegowosci-ruszyla-nowa-edycja-konkursu.html and on the contest page www.liderksiegowosci.pl