Date of publication: May 2018
The objective of an audit is to allow the auditors to form an opinion on the financial statements of a company.
The audit does not relieve the directors of any of their responsibilities as they are still responsible for the preparation and presentation of the financial statements. It is not the auditors’ function to prevent fraud and/or error, this is the responsibility of the directors.
Carry out procedures to obtain audit evidence to provide them with reasonable assurance that the financial statements are free of material misstatement.
Ensure that the financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the relevant legislation & accounting standards.
Have a right of access at all times to the company’s books, accounts and vouchers (in whatever form they are held), and
May require an officer or employee, or anyone accountable for any of the company’s books, to provide information or explanations as are thought necessary for the performance of the auditors’ duties.
A company’s annual accounts for a financial year must be audited unless the company:-
Is exempt from audit by meeting specific financial thresholds, or
Is exempt from audit as a subsidiary company with an EEA parent who guarantee the subsidiary & make this guarantee and their own consolidated financial statements available on public record in the UK,
Is exempt from the requirements as a non profit making company subject to a public sector audit.
For audit exemption a company must qualify as small, or have qualified as small in the previous year & therefore be in a year’s grace.
The financial criteria for assessing if a company is small are that two of the following conditions must be met:
Even if a company is exempt due to the above an audit may be required if members with 10% of a class of shares request an audit.
There are a number of things that can be done to ensure that an audit runs as efficiently as possible.
Firstly, make sure that all accounting staff are available during the time that the auditors are on site with you.
Secondly, below is a summary of some of the main documents to be prepared in advance of the audit. If the documents are all readily available disruption to your staff members during the audit will be minimised:
This note does not contain a full statement of the law and it does not constitute legal advice. Please seek legal advice if you have any questions about the information set out above.
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