Role of the Accountant

Accountants who are members of professional bodies are required to act in accordance with the highest professional and ethical standards.

These professional standards require:

  • Avoiding conflicts of interest.
  • Providing comprehensive and independent advice.
  • Considering the client’s motives and intentions.Ensuring the client receives and understands your advice.
  • Referring the client to other service providers who can help them (if necessary).
  • Refusing to carry out instructions which you believe are likely to be either illegal or unethical.
  • Fully documenting all discussions and confirming any advice in writing.

In the pursuit of making a dollar, some accountants have let their professional standards fall. This short-term focus irreparably damages accountants standing as ‘Trusted Advisors’, and results in the loss of confidence and trust in the profession.