One third of accountants are unregulated. They cause two thirds of complaints – often without redress.
On this page, you will find the latest research, news and resources about AAT’s campaign to protect consumers and raise standards.
What you need to know before appointing an accountant
Research and press statements
70% say clients suffer at hands of unregulated accountants
AAT members give buyer beware warning to businesses over the use of unregulated accountants.
75% of MPs want tighter control over unregulated accountants
Three quarters of MPs want high street accountants and tax advisors to belong to a professional body
6 out of ten didn’t realise accountants may be unqualified
Business owners and the self employed say formal qualifications should be mandatory.
Articles and opinion
Business and professional bodies support Accountable campaign
The public and businesses need the reassurance of professional body membership and qualifications
AAT launches guide to protect consumers from rogue accountants
Real-life examples reveal missed opportunities, costly fines and even fraud when things go wrong.
Insurers – compulsory PII is the wrong idea at the…
Insurers believe HMRC’s plans to raise standards through PII are unattractive and ineffective
How other countries regulate accountants
Here’s what we can learn from how accountancy regulation works in other countries…
How regulation works for other professions
Other professions have adopted regulation to ensure high standards