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As a business owner, you know how critical it is to comply with legal regulations. Being compliant allows your business to grow and helps you avoid penalties and the unpleasant prospect of forced deregistration. However, keeping track of changes to the legal criteria might be difficult.

Which is why independent reviews are so important. Let’s discuss what independent reviews are and how to identify if your business needs them.

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At Thryv Accountants, we understand how important it is to have a clear and comprehensive understanding of your company’s financial statements. Independent reviews are one of the best ways for you as a business owner, to streamline your finances, identify any abnormalities in your business procedures, and provide far-reaching benefits during the tax season and when seeking investors for your business.

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What is an independent review?

An independent review is a process where the independent reviewer provides “Limited Assurance” on a set of annual financial statements.

An independent review is required for most companies in South Africa which are not owner-managed. In all but the smallest companies, a Registered Auditor is required to perform the review.

The new Companies Act, No. 71 of 2008 established independent reviews. They mandate that the yearly financial accounts of certain businesses be independently examined on an annual basis.

We examine supporting papers to ensure that assets and liabilities match the financial statements after the fiscal year. We also use analytical techniques to analyse the company’s financial statements. Experts at Thryv Accountants then report on any differences and follow up on them.

For smaller businesses, independent reviews are utilised in between audits or instead of audits. They are faster and less expensive when employing an independent accounting company for a review. It is a more accessible and cheap choice for many smaller businesses (but it is not a substitute for audits if needed by laws and company law rules).

Summary of independent review services

A type of assurance engagement in which an independent reviewer gives limited assurance on a set of yearly financial statements.

What is limited assurance?

Limited assurance is the statement/document made by an auditor that states they are not aware of any modifications or discrepancies in the financial statements of a company, and that what was reported is correct.

Independent review vs audits: What's the difference?

An audit is not the same as an independent review. An independent review serves to give limited assurance, whereas an audit is intended to provide a higher level of assurance. They are less extensive than an audit, require less detail, and hence cost less to complete.

An independent review gives limited confidence, but an audit provides reasonable certainty that the financial statements are presented fairly and without substantial errors.

The key differences between an audit and an independent review are the costs involved, the level of assurance given, and the details/depth of the financial statement analysis.


Why do you need an independent review in South Africa?

The primary goal of an independent review is to acquire limited assurance that no major changes should be made to the financial statements and that what was reported is correct.

An independent review adds credibility to your financial statements, especially when they are reviewed by outside parties, such as banks and investors.

Based on the provisions of the Companies Act, an independent review may be required for your company. Even if it is not required, it is strongly advised that most small and medium-sized organisations undertake an independent review.

The processes carried out during a review give all of the evidence necessary in an audit, such as the compilation of annual financial statements. The review processes are investigative and analytical, to gather enough relevant data to support a limited decision on whether the financial statements are prepared in conformity with the law.

Who needs an independent review in South Africa?

Independent reviews are not obligatory for owner-managed profit organisations and are optional if the public interest score is less than 350 and the financial statements are independently generated, or if the public interest score is less than 100.

Where a corporation is not owner-managed, an independent review is necessary. In general, the business is owner-managed if all shareholders are directors.

Essentially, if the company is not governed by all of the shareholders, or if the public interest score determines that the collapse of the business will have a major impact on the public, an independent review is required.

Private enterprises in South Africa will be allowed to replace yearly audits with independent reviews under the new Companies Act. Small businesses can choose the less rigorous and less expensive option of having their financial statements independently evaluated rather than the typical path of an audit.

The new Companies Act requires only public firms to be audited. The new legislation aims to simplify small and medium-sized company regulation, making it less expensive and more accessible to South African businesses.

When do you need an independent review?

After your financial statements and accounts have been put together, an independent review is carried out. Only once the independent Review has been completed may you file your annual tax return.

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Thryv Accountants can help you through every step of the independent review process, from identifying your Public Interest Score to ensuring your company adheres to every compliance law and regulatory rule in your industry.

You can reach out to us to find out how you can start this process – drop us a message or reach out and schedule a call to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

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