Course Summary

Duration8 hours


Course Details

Course Details

Session 1: Financial Reporting Under COVID-19 – Post Balance Sheet Events & Consideration of Impairment

Covid-19 has presented many challenges to accountants in the area of financial reporting. This online CPD session will address two of the key areas impacted by accountants- post balance sheet events and impairment.

  • Adjusting vs. non-adjusting post balance sheet events
  • What areas should be considered when assessing the post balance sheet events.
  • Examples & disclosures covering post balance sheet events
  • Impairment of assets under FRS 102
  • Consideration of fair value
  • Value in use calculations
  • How to consider fair value when there is no active market.

Speaker: Mike O’Halloran – OmniPro

Session 2: Audit Exempt Engagements in a COVID-19 World

Covid-19 has presented many challenges to accountants and has impacted their work in relation to audit-exempt engagements. This session will revisit some of the main considerations in relation to audit-exempt engagements and will focus on Covid-19 issues impacting audit-exempt engagements.

Attendees will obtain an understanding of the issues arising and how Covid-19 has impacted their work. This will help them to ensure that their firms remain compliant with carrying out audit-exempt engagements.

  • Audit-exempt criteria & who can claim audit-exemption;
  • Audit-exempt files – the requirements;
  • Audit-exempt financial statements;
  • Covid-19 considerations for audit-exempt engagements;
  • Monitoring visits – common issues

Speaker: Mike O’Halloran – OmniPro

Session 3: The COVID-19 Insurance Implications

This session will cover Accountants Professional indemnity Pre and Post Covid-19:

  • What is the current state of the PI Market pre and post lockdown
  • Will there be Professional Indemnity claims following Covid-19
  • Risk management Measures and steps to take in handling a professional indemnity claim


Other things to consider:

  • Cyber security following remote working
  • Cyber security claims against Accountants
  • Return to work protocol
  • Employers liability and responsibilities

Speaker: Martin Adams – Arachas

Session 4: Anti-Money Laundering for Accountants in 2020

This session will review some of the most topical tax appeal cases for SME accountants published in the last 6 to 12 months. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Review of the professional close company surcharge 
  • The impact of this determination on the accountancy profession

Speaker: Mike O’Halloran, OmniPro

Session 5:  Your Biggest GDPR Risks – IT or People?

“The solution to cybercrime in Accountancy does not rely on computer science, it will be solved by applying human science. People, your employees, are the key – and through education, awareness and knowledge you can dramatically reduce your cyber security risk.”

  • Human Science & Cyber Crime
  • The Human Firewall
  • Social Engineering Triggers
  • Trust is Vulnerability
  • Heuristic vs Critical Thinking
  • How your Employees can keep your practice Secure

Speaker: Richard Jackson – Pulse Cyber Security & Des O’Neill, OmniPro

Session 6: Members’ Voluntary Liquidations

This session will review the process of placing the company into liquidation as required by Company law. Given the current crisis, some shareholders may see this as the right time to cease operations and extract the value given the extra effort required to bring the business back to pre-Covid times – an MVL may be an option.

The online course will also emphasise the importance of timing for entrepreneurial and retirement relief. It will include a step action plan to place the company into liquidation and a high-level checklist. Tidying it up in advance of liquidation.

  • VAT and when possible to register, distributing property/investments in specie (and the implications on certain reliefs) and the paperwork involved. The need for the liquidator to be vigilant on all issues.
  • The importance of AML and holding meetings to agree payment of fees and the arrangement for holding the books and records.
  • The returns required to be filed by the liquidator.

Speaker: John Murphy – OmniPro

Session 7: KnowledgeHUB – Most Common Technical Queries of 2020

In this session, key members of the KnowledgeHUB Technical Team – John Murphy, Colm Owens & Mike O’Halloran – will answer some of the most problematic and pressing queries facing Irish accountants that have crossed the KnowledgeHUB technical help desk over recent months.

  • A case study on winding down a company/companies in a group that is ceasing/has ceased trading and has inter-company trade balances – the Company law, tax and financial reporting implications/options to be considered to get to the best outcome
  • Defective financial statements – correcting financial statement on the register – The new requirements of the CRO
  • The impact of restatement of prior year accounts for the change in accounting policy where previously under FRS 102 – the undue cost and effort approach was taken to an investment property – what is to be considered from a tax perspective
  • The importance of documentation for Companies with insolvency issues so that the directors protect themselves;
  • What is a flowering/growth share and how may it incentivise key employees?
  • CBI regulated companies – financial reporting, audit & auditor reporting requirements
  • Directors loans – disclosure and report requirements
  • I have recently taken on a new audit client. I wrote to the previous auditor for professional clearance several times but they have not replied.  Can I accept appointment?
  • I have a company who bought shares at say €100,000. These are valued at  €30,000 at the year end and carried at same in the financial statements. Should I recognise a deferred tax asset?
  • If I am auditing a set of financial statements where the prior year is unaudited are there any additional paragraphs to include in my audit report?
  • I have a client who holds an asset which cannot be easily valued (sporting venue). COVID-19 has presented an impairment indicator and I am trying to carry out an impairment review. How can I assess “fair value” in
    this instance?

Speaker: KnowledgeHUB Team & Des O’Neill, OmniPro

Session 8: Charity Financial Reporting & Audits under COVID-19

Covid-19 has presented many challenges to accountants and auditors and has impacted significantly on their work in relation to charity audits. This session will revisit some of the main considerations in relation to financial reporting and audit for charities and will focus on Covid-19 issues impacting charities. Attendees will obtain an understanding of the issues arising and how Covid-19 has impacted their work.

Topics covered will include:

  • Financial Reporting issues impacting charities;
  • Audit issues impacting charities;
  • Regulatory issues impacting charities;
  • Covid-19 considerations for charity audits;
  • Monitoring visits – common issues
  • Covid-19 Measures (Emergency accommodation, Zero-rating, Debt warehousing)
  • Property (Surrenders of leases (new and legacy) and Options to Tax – issues)
  • EU Update (Quick Fixes and E-commerce changes)
  • VAT groups (Tax & Duty Manual update)

Speaker: Colm Owens & Mike O’Halloran – OmniPro


CPD Course Facilitators

Mike O’Halloran: Practice Support Executive, OmniPro

Mike, a member of our Practice Support team, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor. He is responsible for carrying out hot file reviews, cold file reviews, annual compliance reviews, in-house training & supporting firms on a day to day basis.

Formerly a quality reviewer with Chartered Accountants Ireland, this role saw him visiting firms of various sizes across Ireland conducting audit, non-audit and anti-money laundering visits. Prior to this he spent 12 years working in small and medium sized practices. In these roles, Mike has gained a comprehensive knowledge of the profession and has worked with a broad range of clients across many industries.

Colm Owens: Practice Support Executive, OmniPro

As a members of our Practice Support team, Colm’s focus is on helping practices achieve on-going best practice compliance, prepare for monitoring visits and assist with post-monitoring visits follow-ups.

Colm brings a unique insight into the whole area of monitoring and compliance having spent the last 6 years as a quality reviewer with Chartered Accountants Ireland.  In that role he has visited firms of differing sizes all over the country which has given him an insight into how firms operate, the challenges facing firms and how firms are responding to current issues facing them and the profession.  He has gained up-to-date knowledge of audit, accounting, money laundering and regulatory compliance issues relevant to the profession and knowledge of current audit methodologies.

Prior to his time with Chartered Accountants Ireland, Colm’s roles included Audit Manager with Anne Brady McQuillans and Brophy Gillespie, both in Dublin, where he worked with a range of clients from small owner-managed businesses through to larger audit clients.

Martin Adams – Arachas

Martin is Special Risks Director at Arachas. He is an Associate of the Insurance Institute of Ireland and Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Risk Managers

Martin has over 35 years insurance experience working in the London Insurance Market, the Middle East and 25 years’ experience in the Irish Insurance sector. Professional Indemnity, Management Liability, Cyber Risk   and professional Risk Management is one of Martin’s specialisms.

Richard Jackson – Pulse Cyber Security

Richard is the Head of Operations at Pulse Cyber Security & is their Senior Info-Sec Consultant. With a wealth of experience working with accountancy practices of all sizes & demographics, Richard is ideally placed to support the accountancy sector with cyber security compliance.

Along with being a Certified EU GDPR Practitioner, Richard also holds the CISMP cyber security qualification. This ensures a strong balance of knowledge across both GDPR & information security.

Des O’Neill – Co-Founder and Managing Director, OmniPro

Having worked for a number of years in practice, Des O’Neill co-founded OmniPro to develop tools, techniques, products and services, empowering accountants to achieve their best. Over 15 years, he has grown the company to a multi-million-euro turnover business and established OmniPro as Ireland’s largest independent provider of CPD for accountants.

Des speaks regularly, at national and international fora, on practice development, auditing, accounting, company law and regulation. He is passionate about bringing innovation to the profession and empowering accountants to achieve what they want in their careers and practice.

John Murphy: Tax, Corporate Restructuring and Practice Support, OmniPro

As a lead member of our technical support team, John relishes problem-solving to help accountants develop innovative client solutions and sharing technical knowledge on tax, financial reporting and auditing.

A Chartered Tax Adviser, he advises clients in practice on a range of issues from income tax, tax planning, restructuring and exit planning to Revenue audits. In addition, he provides support on financial reporting, auditing and company law; conducts company valuations and advises on pre-sale restructuring.

John also plays a key role as a researcher and subject-matter expert in developing OmniPro information products such as the and As a speaker at OmniPro CPD events, he brings these industry-leading insights to accountants participating in our training programmes.

Yvonne O’Sullivan: Tax Executive, OmniPro

Yvonne is a key member of our technical support team, providing advice on all tax heads in response to queries submitted through our Knowledge Hub platform. In addition, she provides support within the tax department on tax planning, restructuring and exit planning solutions for a range of clients.

A Chartered Certified Accountant, Yvonne trained and worked in small practice for a number of years followed by working for over 2 years in an independent Dublin based firm Beechwood Partners. She has experience with a range of professionals, executives, entrepreneurs and family groups assisting them with their tax compliance across all areas. She worked closely with clients providing daily practical and operational assistance with the management of their personal and business finance administration as well as assisting with the ongoing analysis and production of investment portfolio reports.

Yvonne has recently completed her final IATI Chartered Tax Adviser Exams, and plays a key role as a researcher on developing subject matter and content for our Knowledge Hub tax product.