Q1: Steve Smith is reviewing the results of the review of subsequent cash receipts. There are several receipts listed from customers that were considered doubtful at the end of the year (30 June). Steve is also reviewing evidence that shows that another customer that had a large balance at year-end was unexpectedly declared bankrupt on 10 July.
How should this information be reflected in the financial report?
Q2: Chan and Partners Chartered Accountants is a successful mid-tier accounting firm with a large range of clients across Australia. During the 2017 year, Chan and Partners gained a new client, Medical Services Holdings Group (MSHG), which owns 100 per cent of the following entities: • • Shady Oaks Hospital, a private hospital group • • Gardens Nursing Home Pty Ltd, a private nursing home • • Total Cancer Specialists Limited (TCSL), a private oncology clinic that specialises in the treatment of cancer. Year-end for all MSHG entities is 30 June. You are the audit partner reviewing the audit work papers for MSHG for the year ended 30 June 2017. Today is 13 July 2017 and the audit report is due to be signed in three weeks’ time. During your review you note that the fixed-term borrowings of MSHG totalling $75 million are approaching maturity and MSHG does not seem to have renegotiated any terms of refinancing. You are aware, from your experience with other clients, that banks are reluctant to extend financing on the same terms in the current market. The financing of MSHG was historically managed by the group’s treasurer who left the group six months ago and has not been replaced. MSHG’s financial controller, who has been with the group for nine months, has advised you that he has been busy renegotiating with some of MSHG’s key suppliers who recently requested cash on delivery for all orders rather than extending the normal credit terms. You are also aware that a fire that occurred in the hospital cafeteria last week was not adequately covered by insurance. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in the fire, but the cafeteria was so badly damaged it had to be closed. While discussing this matter with MSHG’s law firm, they reveal that the hospital is unlikely to have adequate professional indemnity insurance to meet the current demands of several malpractice cases that have been brought against the hospital in the last 12 months.
(a) Explain your responsibilities with respect to the cafeteria fire.
(b) How will this event be handled in the financial report and the audit report?