Top audit firms push to use their own judgment

Auditors and corporate finance departments must be able to use professional judgment without being second-guessed if countries continue to adopt principle-based accounting standards, the chief executives of the top six global accounting networks argued in a white paper on Tuesday.

The paper, presented at a Global Public Policy Symposium in New York, urged regulators and other stakeholders to create a system where reasonable auditor judgments are accepted.

"Investors are best served when financial reports are clear and easy to understand and use," the CEOs of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu [DLTE.UL], Ernst & Young [ERNY.UL], PricewaterhouseCoopers [PWC.UL], KPMG [KPMG.UL], Grant Thornton, and BDO Seidman wrote.

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