The governments’ work on the new bill expedited due to the results of a poll that the Ministry of Finance conducted from July 20th to September 30th, 2018. An online survey covered the effects of the deregulation act of 2014 (results under the link). Its results turned out to be unambiguous: the majority of respondents (67 percent) evaluated deregulation negatively, pointing at a significant reduction in the quality of accounting services.
The then-supposed effect of the deregulation act was to be the creation of market mechanisms for controlling the quality of accounting services. According to free-market logic, the market should itself verify which entities will survive – due to the quality of educated services and flexibility in approaching clients.
However, such mechanisms did not arise. Only 4 percent of respondents gave credibility to accounting certificates issued by market companies (profit-oriented entities). Industry certificates that you can easily buy are rated poorly by respondents and experts.
First of all, re-regulation will introduce the obligation of continuous learning (the knowledge from the fields corresponding to the position). Thus, EU requirements established under the International Educational Standards will be met, which are:
It is not yet known precisely how the Ministry intends to implement the mentioned requirements. It will probably be connected with membership in professional organizations and fulfilling the duty of continuous learning. It is known, however, that the new law will not be a mere return to the state before deregulation.
Not all employees dealing with accounting and tax consultancy will have to adapt to new legal conditions. The Act will cover only independent positions, such as accountant, tax adviser, and statutory auditor. Accounting office staff supporting the work of independent accountants will not be covered by the Act (even if their work consists of actual accounting or consulting).