Overview of Accounting and Auditing in Kuwait
Kuwait, renowned for its vibrant economy and extensive cultural legacy, has a booming economic environment spanning several industries. Accounting and auditing services are crucial in today's dynamic economic climate. These fundamental services are crucial for guaranteeing financial transparency, legal compliance, and the general financial stability of Kuwaiti companies and organisations.
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Accounting Standards in Kuwait
For Kuwait's public sector organisations, setting accounting standards falls within the purview of the Ministry of Finance (MOF). As Ministerial Resolution No. 110 of 1991 requires, Kuwait complies with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and International Standards on Auditing (ISA). All businesses in Kuwait must submit to yearly audits and follow International Accounting Standards (IASS). When completing their income tax returns, foreign contractors must also provide audited financial documents for their activities in Kuwait.
It is a need for all companies to have adequate financial records which do not have to be kept in Arabic. The specific books and records that international corporations and partnerships are required to keep are laid forth in Ministerial Order No. 206 of 1985.
- General Journal
- Inventory sheets
- Stock record
- General Ledger
- Expenses analysis journal
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry requires that every year, within three months after the completion of their fiscal year, individual enterprises produce audited financial accounts. Closed shareholding businesses must receive authorization from the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) before submitting their yearly audited financial statements to the MOCI and Kuwait Stock Exchange within 90 days of the end of their fiscal year. The Kuwait Stock Exchange authorities must receive the unaudited financial statements from public shareholding businesses each quarter within 45 days of the end of the quarter.
Companies must provide yearly audited balance sheets and profit and loss statements to the MCI and all shareholders, according to Article 93 of the MCI statute. Directors must also publish their financial statements for the prior fiscal year, together with a list of the directors and auditors, in the official gazette within two months after the day that a company's general shareholders meeting approves its statements.
Auditing Standards in Kuwait
According to Article 161, the board must choose at least one external auditor during the company's general shareholders meeting, and the business's financial year must match the calendar year. A later amendment from August 1994 requires businesses to employ at least two external auditors from various auditing firms, with the requirement taking effect for financial statements beginning on January 1, 1995.
The following elements should be included in the auditor's report:
- Ensuring that the business keeps proper and accurate books of accounts.
- Confirming that the inventory has been evaluated in accordance with approved standards.
- Addressing whether the auditor had access to all the data required to carry out the audit.
- Determining if the firm's income statement and balance sheet, which were created in conformity with the legislation of commercial companies, the company bylaws, and IFRS
- Accurately reflect the financial status of the company.
- Checking to see if the data in the board of director’s report corresponds to the data shown in the business books.
- Checking for any infractions of the bylaws, the Law of Commercial Companies, or the IFRS that may have had an effect on the business operations or financial status throughout the year.
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