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COMPANIES ACT PROVISIONS RELATING TO AUDITS

Qualification of Company Auditor : (Section 226) 1. He/She be practicing chartered accountant. Section 226 2. If auditor is a firm, all the partners must be practicing chartered accountants. Sec. 226 3. To audit the cost records of the firm maintained u/s 209(1)(d) of Company's Act 1956, the auditor must be a practicing cost accountant. Section 233 B. 4. If a firm of cost accountants is appointed as cost auditor to audit the cost records, all the partners of the firm must be practicing cost accountants. Section 233B Disqualification of Company Auditor : (Section 226) The following persons are disqualified for appointment as auditor of a company : 1. A body corporate. A company cannot audit any other company, 2. An officer or employee of the company. 3. A person who is either a partner or employee of an officer or employee of the company. 4. A person who has taken debt from the company for amount exceeding Rs. 1,000. 5. A person who has taken guarantee of another person who has taken a loan exceeding Rs. 1,000 from the company. 6. A person who holds shares or debentures of the company cannot audit that company. 7. A person who is disqualified for being appointed as auditor of a company, is automatically disqualified for being auditor of its holding company or its subsidiary company or any other subsidiary of holding company. 8. An auditor cannot take audit of more than 20 companies (pvt.ltd companies not counted). Appointment of Company Auditor: (Section 224) Appointment of First Auditor: The first auditor of the company is to be appointed by BOD within 30 days from the date of incorporation of company. Note here that this is not from the date of commencement of business. First auditor shall hold office upto the conclusion of first AGM. If BOD fails to appoint the first auditor, the auditor can be appointed in first general meeting. If no auditor is appointed in general meeting, the CG will appoint the first auditor. Appointment of subsequent auditor : All subsequent auditors will be appointed in AGM except in certain circumstances. Appointment by Special Resolution Section 224A :(Special resolution means 75% votes in favour).

In case of a company in which 25% or more of subscribed capital is held by any Govt., Govt. Company, Financial Institutions, Nationalized Bank or Insurance company, then the auditor will be appointed in AGM by passing special resolution. If the company fails to pass the special resolution, then CG will make the appointment. The detailed description of the above is as follows: An auditor will be appointed by passing special resolution in the following case When the 25% or more of the subscribed share capital is held (singly or jointly) by : (i) Central govt. or State govt. or a Govt. company ; (ii) A public financial institution ; (iii) Any financial institution or other institution in which state govt. has 51% of subscribed capital (iv) A nationalized bank or an insurance company carrying on general insurance business. Appointment in case of Casual Vacancy : (i) Casual vacancy created due death, insolvency or disqualification (but not due to resignation) of the present auditor can be filled by the BOD. (ii) Casual vacancy created due to resignation of auditor, can be filled only in the general meeting. (iii) An auditor appointed under casual vacancy will hold office upto the end of next AGM. Appointment by CG : When no auditor is appointed by the company, the company will inform the CG within 7 days of such meeting and the CG will appoint the auditor. Section 496 : If the winding up process continues for more than one year, then it is left to members or creditors to decide whether auditor should be appointed to audit the liquidation account or not. They may or may not appoint the auditor. Remuneration of Statutory Auditors
(a)

Remuneration of Statutory Auditor will be fixed by the directors when auditors are appointed by them before the first Annual General Meeting or to fill up a casual vacancy other than the one caused by the resignation by the auditor.

(b)

In case of the auditor appointed by Annual General Meeting, remuneration will be fixed by the shareholders.

(c)

In case of the Govt. Company Auditor, whose appointment is made by the Central Govt. the remuneration will be fixed by CAG.

(d)

In case of the Auditor appointed by AGM fixing of remuneration entrusted upon the Board. The Board of Directors will fix the remuneration.

For this purpose, the expression “remuneration” should be deemed to include any sums paid by the company in respect of the auditor’s expenses. Students may note that the Act does not specifically require that the remuneration should be fixed at the same meeting of the company at which the appointment is made. It may, therefore, be fixed at a subsequent meeting. Where a retiring auditor has been reappointed, his remuneration in the absence of any resolution fixing a different remuneration is considered to be the amount already fixed, in respect of the previous appointment. Where, in addition to the normal audit, the auditor is also required to render services as may be required, he is entitled to receive remuneration in addition to the normal fee for the audit. Such additional remuneration is a matter of arrangement with the directors. But any remuneration paid as fees, expenses or otherwise for such service must be disclosed in the Profit & Loss Account. The remuneration paid to the auditor is required to be shown in the Profit & Loss Account separately as required under Part II ( 5J)of Schedule VI of the Companies Act, 1956.
(a)

As auditor: As advisor or in any other capacity in respect of:
(i)

(b)

Taxation; Company law matters; Management service; and

(ii)

(iii)

(c)

In any other manner (Sch. VI - Part - II - 5-J)

The Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in the “Statement on Payment to Auditors for other Services “has recommended that the fees paid to the auditors for other services rendered should be disclosed in the Profit and Loss Account of the companies under the following head in order to give precise and correct information to the shareholders and others who read the accounts pertaining to — (i) Tax representation

(ii)

Company law matters Management services Internal auditing Other services

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

In case of joint audit, if other services were rendered by one of the joint auditors or in case of a company having a branch, the other services were rendered by the branch auditor disclosure should be made accordingly. Removal of an Auditor
(1)

First Auditor : By implication first auditor appointed by the Board of Directors can be removed by

passing ordinary resolution in the first annual general meeting of the company. S ec. 224(1)
(2)

Subsequent Auditors: The subsequent auditors can be removed either before the expiry of his office or

after expiry of his office.
(a)

Removal Before Expiry of office: If the company wants to remove the auditor before the expiry of his office, the company must obtain the prior permission of the Central Govt. and then give 14 days notice to shareholders of the company and copy of such notice shall be forwarded to the concerned auditor and the auditor may send his representation to the company. The company on receipt of such representation either circulate it amongst the shareholders of the company or read it in front of general meeting. If the general meeting after considering his representation, passes a resolution, to remove the auditor, then the auditor stands removed form his office. (Sec. 224(7) and Sec. 225)

(b)

Removal After the Expiry of the office : At every Annual General Meeting the office of the auditor expires and hence either the reappointment of retiring auditor or appointment of new auditor is necessary, usually the retiring auditor is reappointed, but if the company wants to remove the retiring auditor the company has to give 14 days notice to it’s members and forward it’s copy to the retiring auditor. The retiring auditor, if he so desires, send his representation to the company and the company

If it is denied by any body. auditor may report it to the shareholders. as well as he can participate in the discussion relating to accounts & audit of the company as provided u/s 231. (D) Receive Notice : The auditor of the company has a right to receive all notices to any general meeting of the company.227 of the Companies Act 1956. (Sec 224(7) and Sec. vouchers. has given some rights as well as imposed certain duties on company auditor. 225) Rights of Company Auditor To enable the company auditor to perform his duties efficiently. This right of the auditor is absolute & unconditional and the same cannot be restricted by the company through it’s Articles of Association (Newton VS Birminghams Small Arms Co. Sec. (C) Report to members : Company Auditor has right to communicate his comments & remarks to the members through his report complying with the provisions of the Companies Act and made thereunder. .on receipt of such representation may circulate it among it’s members or get it read in the meeting and if the meeting after considering the representations passes a resolution to remove the auditor. vouchers and supporting documents at any time. the auditor stands removed. records of the company. (1906) 2ch 378) (B) Obtain Information & Explanation : Every Auditor is entitled to obtain all information & explanation necessary for his audit work from office bearer of the company. (E) Attend General Meeting : The company auditor has right to attend the general meeting of the company. The provisions relating to rights can be explained as under(A) Access to books of accounts & voucher etc : Every auditor of the company shall have a right of access at all times to the books accounts. accounts. whether kept at the head office of the company or elsewhere. This power to obtain information is wide enough to cover any information or explanation at his discretion. The auditor has a right to inspect books.

these are the property of the auditor & can retain the same with him. he should clarify it but should give his own opinion & not that of the expert (London & General Bank 1895. And also.not followed by the directors. (Chantrey Martin and Co.) (I) Remuneration: The auditor has a right to receive remuneration of the audit work completed by him.(F) Branch Accounts: Auditor. 1908. if he desires. VS Martin 1953. and/or Balance sheet . he can report it to share holders by way of qualified report. 2 All ERG 91. can visit the branches & inspect the book of accounts of the branch as u/s 228 of the Companies Act. if. 227 (2) (ii) (iii) State in his report that he has obtained all the necessary Information u/s 227(3) . (G) Advice: The auditor can take legal or technical advice relating to the accounts of the company & while reporting on the matters where in he has obtained such advice .) (J) Signature: The auditor has a right to sign the audit report as provided u/s 229 of the Companies Act 1956. (L) Correct Wrong Statement: If the auditor ‘s advice to amend faulty P& L A/c . (K) Indemnity: The Co.) (H) Lien: The company auditor has right of lien on working papers. Duties of Company Auditor The auditor owes large number of duties as explained below: (A) Duties to Share Holders: (i) Report shareholders about the true & fair state of affairs of the company u/s 227 (2) Ensure that the Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss A/c gives the required information as per sec. as per section 633. auditor has a right to be indemnified out of the assets of the company against any liability incurred by him in defending against any civil & criminal proceeding by the company if it is provided that the auditor worked honesty while performing his audit work.1956. he is entitled to a full years remuneration ( Homer VS Quilter . he is removed during the year.

dividend paid etc. Personal expenses have been charged to revenue account sec . have been shown as fixed deposits. (d) Loans made by Co. The transactions merely representing book-entries as recorded in the books are not against the interest of the company. 227 (4A) (e) (f) (B) Duties towards company : (i) Prospectus: Auditor has to certify profits or losses. 227(1-A) Report whether the company has complied the requirements of CARO-2003 (Sec.) . assets & liabilities. (a) (b) (c) The securities have been sold by Co. has maintained all required books of accounts u/s227(3). (v) (vi) State in his report whether the B/S and Profit & Loss A/C comply with the Accounting Standards or not. Report whether the Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss A/c agrees with the books of accounts u/s 227 (3).’. (vii) Give the reasons behind qualifying his report u/s 227(4) whether he has received the audit report on the branch accounts audited by other auditor & (viii) Report how he has dealt with the same in preparing his report u/s 227(3) (ix) Auditor shall state in his report whether – The loans are properly secured & the terms are not against the interest of the company. disclosed in the prospectus (sec 56.’s other than Banking Investment Co. at a price -less than purchase price.(iv) State in his report that whether the Co.

which may affect the company’s state of affairs. While conducting audit he should see that his report does not fail to disclose material information.LTD VS Hiller & Partners) 8 AUDITING . (ii) Investigation: It is the duty of the company auditor to assist the investigator appointed by the Central Govt. (D) Duties towards general public : (i) Auditor has to bear in mind the interest of general public as his office is of public confidence & faith. u/237 to investigate into the matters regarding the affairs of the company. (ii) (iii) While certifying prospectus he should see that it does not include misleading statements which may cause the general public to subscribe to the Company’s share issue & may suffe r a financial loss in future. 229. of RBI in regard to public deposits or not.) Insolvency: Auditor should make a report on the Company’s Profit & Loss A/c.COMPANIES ACT PROVISIONS RELATING TO AUDITS (ii) Statutory Report: Auditor has to certify the statutory Report of the company which requires to present it in it’s Statutory Meeting (sec. (Sec. (Hadley Byrney & Co. 58AA) (iv) Signature Auditor should sign the audit report prepared by him (Sec. for the period from last audited P & L Account to the date of declaration required to be accompanied with the declaration of solvency by the company (sec 488(2).) (v) (C) Duties towards Government : (i) CARO-2003: It prescribes verification of large number of corporate activities & this order imposed various responsibilities on auditor & it is the duty of the auditor to verify the records of the company from these angles & ensure that the scarce resourses of the company are properly utilized.) (iii) Public deposits: Auditor has to report about whether the Company has complied with the requirement. 165.

or document. Sec 628 : False Statement – If in any return. statement or any other document required under Companies Act. 62: Prospectus – Auditor is liable for certifying misleading statement in the prospectus and he has to compensate equivalent to damages suffered by the parsons (civil liability) Sec. report. Sec 539 : Falsification of Books – If with intent to defraud or deceive any person. he shall be punishable for a term which may extend to two years and shall also be liable to fine (Criminal Liability). falsifies any books. he shall be punishable with fine which may extend to ` 10.Liabilities of Auditor Auditor’s liability is most dynamic & always changing from time to time. destroys. may be appointing company or any third party like Bank or I.Auditor is liable for signing a false report or any other document u/s 227 & u/s 229 and if proved. if auditor certifies it as true. failure to use standard degree of care & skill while doing audit and whenever it is proved that auditor is guilty of negligence he is held liable to compensate the loss sustained by others . certificate.Tax Deptt (B) Liabilities under Companies Act 1956 Sec. Auditors liabilities can be classified as under. papers or securities he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine (Criminal liability). In past auditors were held liable to their principals only but now a days they are liable to third parties too. prospectus. 233: Signing false report. a false statement is made and knowing it to be false.000 (civil liability). auditor of a company which is being wound up. alters. (A) Liabilities for Negligence: Negligence means carelessness. balance sheet. (C) Liabilities for Misfeasance: .

. 1949: For professional misconduct. furnishing false information etc. Tax proceeding or on whom penalty has been imposed under I. attracts imprisonment upto seven years or fine or both. the council may either withdraw the certificate of practice or remove name of the Chartered Accountant from it’s Members Register or forward the case to the High Court. Sec 193: For giving false evidence in judicial proceedings attracts imprisonment up to seven years or fine or both. Sec 177 : Prescribe simple imprisonment up to 6 months & fine upto ` 1000 for furnishing false information.tax Act 1961: Sec 288 : Authorized Representative : If an auditor or a person has been convicted of an offence connected with any I. Sec 188 and Sec. 199: A false statement on oath & false declaration attracts criminal liabilities under these sections of Indian Penal Code and attracts imprisonment up to seven years & fine. 1949 and Cost & Works Accountants Act 1959 : (I) Chartered Accountants Act.The term misfeasance means breach of trust or duty and auditor is liable for equivalent damages suffered by the company to third party (Sec. (F) Liabilities under I. (II) Cost & Work Accountants Act 1959 : For professional misconduct. Tax Act. shall be disqualified to act as a representative of an assesses for a certain period. (E) Liabilities under Chartered Accountants Act . the council may either withdraw the certificate of practice or remove name of the Cost Accountant from it’s Members Register or forward the case to the High court.543. Sec 197 Signing any certificate or documents knowing it to be false.) (D) Liabilities under Indian Penal Code : Auditor is liable under Indian Penal Code for frauds.

punishment by way of rigorous imprisonment. (ii) No doubt there is no privacy of contract. (G) Liabilities to third party: (i) Generally. If any body relying on the audited statement of a company. it attracts. specially in the case of large concerns such as banking or insurance companies or where the regulations of the company require such appointment. which has purchased the shares of the company on the strength of such a misleading statement even though there might not have been any privacy of contract between the auditor & the shareholder. Rule 12A : Chartered Accountant : If prepares false I. takes any decision & suffers any loss because such statements were false. he cannot be held liable and as he is never appointed by third party he has nothing to do with such a party & this was confirmed by the case of Le Lievre & Dennes VS Gould 1893. In the absence of specific provisions in the Companies Act 1956. he shall suffer be rigorous imprisonment and / or with fine.. Tax authorities false accounts. Tax Return of an assesses in the capacity of an authorized representative or prepares false tax audit report to be accompanied with the I. .Sec 278 : FALSE REPORTS – If an auditor or a person who certifies or induces other person to make & deliver to the I. the third party can hold the auditor liable for any fraud. reports certificates etc.T Return. he would be held liable for damages to third party. JOINT AUDIT Two or more auditors are some times appointed. Auditor has moral responsibility to third party. the auditor will be responsible to them. it appears that as there is no privacy of contract between auditor & third party. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India has issued a statement on the Responsibilities of Joint Auditors to provide a clear idea of the professional responsibilities under taken by the Joint Auditors. (iii) (iv) (v) If auditor had authorized the issue of a prospectus containing misleading statements.

in such a case. it is a good practice to communicate to the client. should be made. This is by itself a great advantage. wherever possible. there is no question of minority with regard to audit report.          According to the statement it would not be correct to hold an auditor responsible for the work of another and each joint auditor will be responsible only for the work allotted to him. It is not necessary for a joint auditor to review the work performed by his co-auditor or to perform any tests in order to ascertain whether the work has actually been performed. the statement suggests that some division of work. In spite of work division. Even when more than two joints auditors are appointed. it is possible that certain areas and matters may continue to be of common concern. laid down by the Institute. it is the separate and specific responsibility of each joint auditor to enquire in to the review of the prevailing systems internal control relating to the work allocated to him. Each joint auditor is to assume that his co-auditor have carried out the audit in accordance with the auditing and assurance standards. the actual division of work. by classification of assets or liabilities or income or expenditure or period of time. Consequently. Advantages of Joint Audit Joint Audit basically implies pooling together resources and expertise of more than one firm of auditors to render an expert job in a given time period which may be difficult to accomplish acting individually. It essentially involves sharing of the total work. Where auditors have been allotted the work of separate units or branch it would be desirable for each auditor to prepare a separate report on the financial statement of the branch or the unit for which he is responsible. each one of them would be justified in expressing his own opinion through a separate report. In specific terms the advantages that flow may be the following : (i) Sharing of expertise . Consequently. When a natural division of work is not possible. Where joint auditors are in disagreement with regard to the report. by the submission of a report or a notice prior to the finalization of audit. each auditor should bring to the attention of his co-auditors the matters which require discussion. Where joint auditors are appointed. they should divide the work of audit between them by mutual discussion. the disclosure or application of judgment. It is the responsibility of each joint auditor to determine the extent of audit test to be applied in relation to the area of audit allocated to him and the manner in which it is to be performed. Such division of work would usually be in terms of identifiable operating units or specified areas of work and. For the purpose of computation of the number of company audits pursuant to the Sec 224 – IB of the Companies Act each joint auditorship in a company will be counted as one unit.

In respect of multinational companies the work can be spread using the expertise of the local firms which are in a better position to deal with detailed work and the local laws and regulations.ordination of the work Areas of work of common concern being neglected Uncertainty about the liability for the work done. (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (vii) (viii) Lower staff deployment cost Lower cost to carry out the work A sense of healthy competition towards a better performance (ix) (x) Disadvantages of Joint Audit The following may be the disadvantages of a joint audit (1) Sharing of fees Psychological problem.(ii) Advantage of mutual consultation Lower work load Better quality of performance Improved service to the client Displacement of the auditor of the company often obviated. (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) . where firms of different standing are associated in Joint audits Superiority complex of some auditors may affect the work of co-auditor Problem arises regarding co.

      Section 228 of the Companies Act provides that where a company has a branch office. The appointment of branch auditors in consultation with the company’s statutory auditor should not be taken to mean that the statutory auditor is in any way taking responsibility in respect of the work done by the branch auditor. The branch Auditor shall have the same powers and duties in respect of the audits of the branch accounts as the company auditor has in relation to the company accounts. A company may decide to have the branch accounts audited by a person other than the company auditor in a general meeting.BRANCH AUDIT  In accordance with the principle of independent audit of the company accounts. In the case of a branch situated outside India. or any establishment carrying on either the same or substantially the same activity as that carried on by the head office of the company. he is not aware of any reason why the proposed auditor should not be appointed as branch auditor. . but does not include any establishment specified in any order made by the Central Government under Section 8 of in Companies Act (Viz. In such a situation. or (ii) (iii) any establishment engaged in any production. the company is required to appoint the branch auditor out of the eligible categories in the same meeting or it has to authorize the Board of Directors to appoint one in consultation with the company’s auditor appointed u/s 224 (Statutory Auditor). the Companies Act in Section 228 has provided for the audit of accounts of branches. the accounts of that office shall be audited either by the company’s auditor appointed u/s 224 or by another auditor possessing qualifications prescribed u/s226. Section 2(9) of the Companies Act defines a branch office in relation to a company as : (i) any establishment described as a branch by the company. The powers that the company auditor enjoys in relation to branch accounts are the rights:(i) To have access at all times to the books of accounts and vouchers of the branch (ii) (iii) To visit the branch and To obtain information and explanation considered necessary for the audit of the branch accounts. It only implies that statutory auditor should be satisfied that prima facie. any of the above or an accountant qualified to act as auditor in the country concerned can be appointed as the branch auditor. Branch Audit Exemption Rule). processing or manufacturing.

There may be exemption also on other grounds. whether of a revenue or a capital nature.  A branch of a company carrying on manufacturing. unlike the company auditor will not have the right to attend the general meeting of the company or to receive the notice and other related communications in connection with the general meeting. 2. If there is proper arrangement of audit of branch accounts by a competent person. 2. 3. If branch auditor is not available at a reasonable cost.000 or (2) 2% of the average turnover of the company shall be exempt form the purview of audit of branch accounts. Branch Audit And Branch Auditor. processing or trading activity. manufactured .   But the branch auditor. The branch auditor is required to prepare a report on account of the branch examined by him and forward the same to the company’s auditor.  When the company’s auditor himself is auditor for the branch accounts. The person must have all qualifications for being appointed as auditor. Quantum of activity means the highest out of the following :(i) (ii) (iii) the aggregate value of the goods or articles produced.  Under certain circumstances the accounts of the branch may not be audited. . The branch auditor shall receive such remuneration as may be fixed for him by the general meeting appointing him or by the Board of Directors. if so authorized by the General Meeting. he treats the whole company as audit unit and ensures that the branch accounts have been properly incorporated in the main office account for consideration. has given a right of the company’s auditor to visit the branch and to have access to the books of accounts and vouchers maintained at branch when the branch audit is conducted by a person other than the company’s auditor.00. But these exemptions are discretionary subject to the satisfaction of the Central Government viz : 1. incurred by a branch office during a financial year. Company’s Auditor in Relation to Branch Accounts. u/s 228 (2).  The Companies Act. Any other ground which the CG may feel appropriate. with average quantum of activity not exceeding higher of:(1) Rs. or processed or the aggregate value of the goods or articles sold and services rendered or the amount of the expenditure.

However. if the branch audit report contains qualifications on matters specially required to be disclosed in the Companies Accounts pursuant to the Schedule VI requirement. if he so feels. the company auditor is left with no choice but to incorporate them in his own report after confirming the accuracy of the report. Certain matter may appear material and important in limited context of the operations of the branch may be considered not much significant in setting of total company accounts He at his discretion may drop any or all the qualifications made in the branch audit report. It has however. In effect the statutory auditor is positioned to supervise to the branch auditor’s work and to this extent. accounts and vouchers maintained there: but it is not compulsory that he must visit the branch or branches.         In respect of branches granted exemption from audit – this is a right given to the company auditor and not a duty cast on him. The manner in which to deal with report is left to him. . If in his own assessments of the situation. absolved the auditor from any responsibility connected with the work supervised. it is in his accordance with the provision of the Companies Act. he may visit the branch and may have access to the books. The statutory auditor may require the branch auditor to answer a detailed questionnaire regarding matters on which the statutory auditors required information that he considered necessary for an expeditious and proper audit but nevertheless keeps him free from any responsibility as regards the audit work performed by the branch auditor. he considers it necessary for the proper audit of the accounts of the company. The company’s auditor is required to deal with the branch audit report received from the branch auditor. Full freedom of judgment has been given to the company auditor to decide the prima facie relevance and impact of the branch audit report on the total company accounts. in preparing his own reports. He has to state in his report whether the branch audit report has been forwarded to him and how he has dealt with the same.

The certificate should include the following :— (a) Auditor should see that there is a suitable DECLARATION by the management about the subject matter. (l) . (k) Auditor should clearly mention the RESPONSIBILITY assumed by him. indicating whether it is a report or a certificate. (b) (c) Auditor should clearly state his LIMITATIONS and indicate the extent to which he has relied upon a technical expert if any. (e) (f) (g) (h) (i) (j) Auditor should be careful while interpreting any law related matter. Auditor should mention the MANNER in which the audit was conducted. he should clearly mention that he is expressing merely his own OPINION.AUDIT CERTIFICATE Sometimes apart form an audit report for general use. an auditor is often called upon to give a certificate for special purpose. Auditor should give the certificate on his LETTER HEAD or on stationary carrying his name and address to avoid misunderstanding . Auditor should indicate in the certificate if he has made certain fundamental ASSUMPTIONS. (d) Auditor should indicate the specific RECORD covered by the certificate. In appropriate circumstances it may be issued by using the words AS “TO WHOM SO EVER IT MAY CONCERN “. Auditor should give clear TITLE to it. Auditor should make a reference to the information and EXPLANATIONS obtained. state whether that general purpose statement has been audited by OTHER AUDITORS. Auditor should address the certificate to the client or the Public Authority or the person requiring it as the case may be. Auditor should mention whether he has used any general purpose statement like Profit & Loss Account for his investigation and also.

Audit report gives the auditor’s opinion on the accounts & record of the company. It is an important part of the audit as it provides the results of the audit conducted by the auditor. It is a medium through which an auditor expresses his opinion on the financial statement under audit.  The Audit Report is nothing but a statements of observation gathered & considered while proving conclusive evidence of company’s financial position. measures the auditors responsibility in regard to the true & fairness of the financial statement of the company. Audit Report is called as the ultimate and final product of every audit. Importance of Audit Report1. 4. An Audit report is the end product of the auditing and is very important & concluding part of the audit process. 3. Audit Report indicates the real position of the financial status of the company & which is used by different people as a reliable document. 5. Audit Report reflects the work done by the auditor. (c) Therefore. (b) Conduct of actual audit. Audit report is the instrument which. as examined by him. and Conclusion of audit.AUDIT REPORT  While conducting every audit auditor has to go through three phases (a) Preliminary work for audit. which means submission of Audit Report. 2. .

state whether the provision of section 227(1A)and 227(4A) of the Companies Act. (f) He should also. 1956 and International Auditing Guideline has laid down certain guidelines relating to the contents of auditing reports as under – 1. (b) He should state whether proper books of accounts as required by law have been kept by the company or not. in case of company audit. (e) He should state whether the Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Account read with notes there on give the information in the manner required by the Companies Act. (c) He should mention whether Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Account attached there to give a true & fair view of the state of affairs of the company. 1956. Address – The audit report should appropriately addressed e. Observations– (a) Auditor should state whether he has obtained all the information & explanations which to the best of his knowledge & belief were necessary for the purpose of his audit. it should be addressed to the shareholders. (d) He should state whether the Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Account annexed there to are in agreement with the books of accounts. 2. 3. Title – The report has certain title like “Audit Report” to enable the readers to identify the report & distinguish it from reports issued by others. and also that of a CARO are complied with or not and gives separate statement on that to form part of the audit report.g.Contents of Audit Report The Audit report generally shows the nature and scope of audit conducted by the auditor and his opinion on the final accounts of the company. . Companies Act.

Signature: The audit report is required to be signed in the name of the firm of auditors or the personal name of the auditor or both as appropriate.” The opinion may be either i) Unqualified ii) Qualified iii) Adverse or Negative iv) Disclaimer (i) Unqualified : When an auditor gives an opinion without any reservation. 5. Auditor’s Address: The report should contain the auditor’s postal office address.4. information or explanations necessary for conduct of his audit. (ii) (iii) Adverse or Negative: When an auditor states that he does not agree with the true & fair state of affairs exhibited by the final accounts. Opinion: The Audit Report should clearly set forth the auditors opinion on the company’s financial position and operational results like “the Financial Statements give true & fair view of the state of affairs. it is said that he has given a qualified opinion. Qualified Audit Report When auditor gives his report with certain reservations. In following circumstances the auditor has to qualify his report. then the report is called a qualified audit report. . 8. then it is an adverse or negative opinion. it is an unqualified opinion. (iv) Disclaimer: When an auditor states that he is unable to express an opinion as he has not received necessary evidence to form an opinion then it is a disclaimer of opinion. Qualified: When an auditor gives an opinion with certain reservation. in keeping with terms of appointment (whether on Individual or a firm) 7. Auditing Standards : In the audit report the auditor should make a reference to the Standard on Auditing (SA) to ensure that he has carried out the audit in accordance with the established standards. 6. (a) He cannot conduct audit satisfactorily due to non-availability of certain books of accounts or records. Date of the Report : The auditor report should carry the date of the report.

Our responsibility is to expr ess an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.(b) He finds that the Balance Sheet and Profit & loss Account have not been prepared in accordance with accepted accounting principles. as at March 31. 1. . He finds that the contingent liability for bills discounted has not been disclosed. He detects that the company has created certain secret reserve. (d) (e) (f) (g) (h) Specimen of Qualified Audit Report: Auditor’s Report To the Members of ABC Ltd. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Depreciation etc. If in his opinion provision for taxation made is not proper. (c) He detects that provisions for Bad & Doubtful Debts. The stock in trade has been valued at market price which is more than cost price. We have audited the attached balance sheet of ABC Ltd. 2010 and also the Profit and Loss Account and the Cash Flow Statement for the year ended on that date annexed thereto. are not adequate. When he finds any embezzlements of cash or misappropriation of goods or manipulation of accounts which considerably affects the financial position of the company.

on a test basis. as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. As required by the Companies (Auditor’s Report) Order. we annex hereto a statement on the matters specified in paragraphs 4 and 5 of the said Order. proper books of account as required by law have been kept by the Company so far as appears from our examination of those books. Profit and Loss Account and Cash Flow Statement dealt with by this report are in agreement with the books of account.2. 3. (c) The Balance Sheet. 4. (e) On the basis of written representations received from the directors and taken on record by the Board of Directors. We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in India. (b) In our opinion. 1956. we report that : (a) We have obtained all the information and explanations. 1956. Those Standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. 2003 issued by the Central Government of India in terms of Sub-section (4A) of Section 227 of the Companies Act. An audit includes examining. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management. which to the best of our knowledge and belief were necessary for the purposes of our audit. we report that none of the directors is disqualified as on March 31. 2010 from being appointed as a director in terms of clause (g) of sub-section (1) of section 274 of the Companies Act. (d) In our opinion. 1956. Further to our comments in the Annexure referred to in paragraph 3 above. the Balance Sheet. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion. Profit and Loss Account and Cash Flow Statement dealt with by this report comply with the Accounting Standards referred to in subsection (3C) of section 211 of the Companies Act. evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. .

000 has not been disclosed.Tax payable is made short by ` 19.00.5.000. When these questions are answered positively without qualification and also. As provided u/s 227 (2) of the Companies Act 1956.000 (iii) The contingent liability for bills discounted for ` 6. the auditors gives a clean or unqualified report. Subject to the reservations noted below. Gokul May 1 . the Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Account exhibits true and fair view of the state of affairs of the company.00. in our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us the accounts give the information required by the Companies Act 1956. in the manner so required and give a true & fair view. in conformity with the accounting principles generally accepted in India.00. (i) The sum of ` 20.00. (ii) The provision for bad & doubtful debts has been understated by ` 50. (iv) The provision for I. certain questions (T/F view given by the B/S & P/L???) which the auditor of the company must inquire and report on specified issues in his audit report. Chartered Accountants Clean or Clear or unqualified Audit Report When auditor doesn’t insert any reservation or qualification in his audit report then it is called a clean or unqualified audit report.000 has been advanced to a director of the company in contravention of the companies Act 1956. . 2010 Sd/DEF Partner XYZ & Co.

An extreme example would be where the auditors were not able to examine a substantial part of the books of account. Which of the above two alternatives should be followed would depend upon the facts of each case. but subject to the specific qualification mentioned.”. Where an auditor gives an opinion on the various matters without any reservations. In such case . In such cases the auditors must report that either : (i)  They are unable to state whether the accounts present a true and fair view.g. when they were in police custody. item which are the subject matter of qualification are not material as to affect the truth and fairness of the whole of the Accounts but merely create uncertainty about a particular item. in their opinion. Sometimes however. In the case of companies in India. An example of an unqualified opinion would be a statement by the auditor that “in our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanation given to us. In such cases.  Finally. It is an unqualified opinion. he is said to have given an unqualified opinion . if the auditor makes the various statutory affirmations without reservations. In practice a large number of audit reports of public limited companies contain . the Balance Sheet and the Profit and Loss Account give a true and fair view of the state of affairs and working results…. the accounts present a true and fair view. An auditor may also be unable to express an opinion. subject to the qualification. Nature of Auditor’s Opinion An opinion must be unqualified or adverse. e. the items which are the subject matter of qualifications are so material that it would be meaningless to state that. it is possible for the auditor to report that. it would not be proper to express an opinion on the truth and fairness of the accounts after stating that the books of accounts were not examined.Aspects to be considered in Qualifying Audit Report  In a majority of cases. the auditor of well-established principle that they must give full information about the subject matter of the qualification and not merely create grounds for suspicion or inquiry and leave it to the shareholder to call out the facts by diligent inquiry. the accounts disclose a true and fair view. or (ii) Makes a categorical statement that in their opinion the accounts do not present a true and fair view. In many cases an opinion may be limited only to certain aspects.

And to the extent possible indicate the financial implication on the Statement of Account of the year under report and in the following/subsequent years.... Qualified Opinion   Where an auditor gives an opinion subject to certain reservations. the value of which may be totally uncertain. their report shall state the reasons for such answers. A qualified opinion implies that the auditor states that the financial statements reflect a true and fair view subject to certain reservation.. “ we have been unable to state that whether the Balance Sheet shows a true and fair view.  Adverse or Negative Opinion    An auditor gives an adverse opinion when he states that the financial statements do not represent a true and fair view of the state of affairs and the working results of the company.. where the auditors answer any of the statutory affirmations in the negative or with a qualification. In many cases certain material information or explanations may not be forthcoming. this is a legal requirement under section 227(4) of the Companies Act. In the case of companies..... the auditor may state that he is unable to express an opinion because he has not been able to have sufficient evidence to form an opinion on the financial statements.. we report that the Balance Sheet shows a true and fair view ... Wherever an auditor disclaims an opinion he should give reasons for the same.. he is said to have given a qualified opinion.  Difference between Audit Report and Audit Certificate . Where the auditor gives an adverse opinion he should disclose all the material reasons therefore. There may also exist very material items. In certain circumstances the auditor may not get access to all the books of account for certain reasons..”. An example of the disclaimer of the opinion can be a statement by auditor that. An adverse opinion is appropriate where the reservations or the objections of the auditor are so substantial that he feels that the accounts do not give a true and fair view.unqualified opinions. an auditor may give his particular objection or reservation in the audit report and state. Accordingly. “Subject to the above. Thus.. he can give a disclaimer of opinion. This is probably due to the fact that the right of the auditor to qualify his report. Disclaimer of Opinion     Where an auditor fails to obtain sufficient information to warrant an expression of opinion.”. which provides that. often persuades the managements to agree to the modifications in disclosed accounts as suggested by the auditors.

while Audit Certificate covers only certain part of the accounts of the concern. while Audit certificate is objective as it is fact oriented. (viii) Nature : Audit Report is based on the vouching & verification of books of accounts.(i) Meaning : Audit Report is a statement of collected and considered information so as to give a clear picture of the state of affairs of the business to the persons who are not in possession of the full facts. (iii) Basis : Audit Report is made out on the basis of information obtained & books of account verified by the auditor. (x) Characteristics :Audit Report is subjective as it is opinion oriented. (ix) Scope : Audit Report covers all transactions done during the year. While Audit Certificate is a written confirmation of the accuracy of the information stated there in. (ii) Opinion : Audit Report contains the opinion of the auditor on the accounts. voucher. (iv) Guarantee : Audit Report may not guarantee correctness of financial statement in absolute terms. while Audit Certificate makes an auditor responsible if any thing mentioned in the certificate found as wrong later on. (v) Coverage : Audit Report always covers entire accounts of the concern. assets & liabilities. while Audit Certificate is based on checking arithmetical accuracy of the facts. (vi) Responsibility : Audit Report does not hold auditor responsible for any thing wrong in the accounts. while Audit Certificate is made out on the basis of the particular data capable of verification as regards accuracy. . while Audit Certificate guarantees absolute correctness of the figures & information mentioned in the certificate. while the Audit Certificate is very specific. (vii) Suggestion : Audit Report may provide certain suggestions for improvement while Audit certificate does not provide any such suggestion. while Audit Certificate does not contain any opinion but only confirms the accuracy of the figures with the books of accounts.

except in few cases. is not required to be presented in any standard format. while Audit Certificate is addressed to particular person or sometimes may include the words like “ To Whomsoever it may concern”. (xii) Address : Audit report is addressed to the members of the company at large or appointing authority.(xi) Form : Audit Report is required to be presented in the prescribed format. . while Audit Certificate.

(4) The first auditor of a company shall be appointed by the Board of Directors within one month of the registration of the company and the auditor so appointed shall hold office until first AGM. about non. The number of companies shall be counted by taking into account the companies where audit is under taken singly or jointly with any other person. The ceiling of 20 companies does not apply to the private companies since 13. otherwise every officer of the company who is in default shall be punishable with fine.RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THE COMPANIES ACT.appointment of an auditor.12. (3) If Annual General Meeting fails to appoint or reappoint an auditor. the Central Govt.2000. before that a written certificate indicating that the appointment is within the limits of sub-section 224 (1B) (1A) Within 30 days of the receipt of the intimation of appointment the auditor should inform the Registrar of Companies in writing his acceptance or refusal. 1956 AND THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (I) Appointment and Remuneration of Auditors Section 224. (1C) The auditor whose limit is expired should with in 60 days of the intimation of appointment inform the company and Register his unwillingness to accept of the appointment (2) In any Annual General Meeting a retiring auditor shall be reappointed unless he is not disqualified otherwise. may appoint a person to fill the vacancy the company within seven days of the AGM give notice to the Central Govt. In AGM . (1) In each Annual General Meeting auditor is appointed and within seven days the appointed auditor is to be intimated. (1B) No company or its Board of Directors can appoint or reappoint a person who is in full time employment elsewhere or a person or a firm is holding appointment as auditor of 20 companies in case of companies each of which has a paid up share capital of less than ` 25 lakhs or 20 companies in other cases where in companies having more then 25 lakhs paid up capital does not exceed 10.

will make the appointment. The auditor so appointed will hold the office until the conclusion of next AGM. (5) The BOD may fill any casual vacancy in the office of an auditor but if the vacancy is caused by the auditor’s resignation. (2) If the company fails to pass the resolution in the AGM. then the auditor in AGM will be appointed by special resolution. (7) The remuneration of an auditor appointed by the BOD or Central Govt. Financial Institutions. .new auditor may get appointed.. In the case of an auditor appointed by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India under section 619 shall be fixed by the company in general meeting and in case of other auditors by the members. the company shall send its copy to the retiring auditor. Govt. may be fixed by the BOD or Central Govt. If Board of Director fails to exercise its power the company in general meeting may appoint the first Auditor. Company. it will be filled only in general meeting. (2) On receipt of notice of such a resolution. Nationalized Bank or Insurance Company. (III) Provision as to resolutions for appointing or removing auditor section 225 (1) Special notice by a member u/s 190 shall be required for appointment of auditor other than retiring or providing expressly that the retiring auditor shall not be reappointed. (6) Any auditor may be removed before the expiry of his term by the company in general meeting after obtaining previous approval of the Central Govt. (II) Auditor not to be appointed except with the approval of the company by special resolution in certain cases – section 224A (1) In case of a company in which not less than 25 percent subscribed capital is held by any Govt. then the Central Govt.

also not qualified for such appointment of the subsidiary company or holding company of such company or subsidiary of it’s holding company. Qualifications and disqualifications of Auditors u/s 226 (IV) (1) He must be a Chartered Accountant with in the meaning of Chartered Accountant Act 1949. (4) The above provisions shall apply to a resolution to remove the first auditor.A.(3) On receipt of representation from the retiring auditor. then it shall be read out at the meeting. (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (4) (5) If after appointment the auditor becomes disqualified he shall be deemed to have vacated his office as such. is also qualified for appointment provided all the partners practising in India are qualified as aforesaid. a person indebted to the company for an amount exceeding ` 1000 a person holding any security of the company A person who is not qualified for appointment as an auditor of the company. the copy of it be sent to every member of the company and if it is not sent. (V) Powers and Duties of Auditors Section 227 . A firm of C. (2) Holder of a certificate granted under a law provided all the partners practising in India an gratified as afaresond (restricted states) (3) None of the following person shall be qualified for appointment as Company Auditor a body corporate an officer or employee of the company a person who is a partner or employee of an officer or employee of company.

may give exemption to any branch from the provisions of this (section 228. (4) If the answers to above are negative. The branch auditor shall have the same powers and duties as the Company Auditor has. not audited by him is received by him or not. whether the report on the audit of a branch. whether the Balance Sheet gives a true & fair view of the state of affairs of the company and the Profit and Loss Accounts give a true and fair view of the profit or loss. 2003) (VI) Audit of accounts of a branch office of company (Section 228) (1) Accounts of company’s branch be audited by Companies Auditor or by a perso n qualified to be appointed as company auditor or by a person qualified under the local law in case of foreign branch. (CARO. (3) The Branch auditor be appointed in AGM or by the BOD if authorized by the AGM with consultation of company’s auditor. whether any director is disqualified from being appointed as director etc.) . (2) In case branch accounts audited by other auditor. the Company Auditor is entitled to visit the branch office and has a right to access all books of accounts. (3) Auditor in his report shall state whether he has obtained all required information and explanations and whether the company has maintained proper Books of Accounts as required by the law. the auditors report should contain the reasons thereof.(1) Every Auditor shall have a right of access at all times to the Books of Accounts etc of the Company whether kept at head office or elsewhere. records etc of the branch. whether the Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Account is in agreement with the Books of Accounts of the company. he should send a report on the audit of the branch to the Company’s Auditor. The remuneration and the tenure of his office will be fixed by the AGM or BOD if authorized so. (4A) The Central Govt. (4) The Central Govt. whether the P&L account & Balance Sheet comply with the Accounting Standards. (2) Auditor shall make a report to the members. may by general or special order direct that the auditors report shall also include a statement on such matters or may be specified in the order.

the Central Govt. . may at any time by order direct a special audit by a person whether in practice or not or by the company’s auditor.(VII) Signature of Audit Report etc. (XI) Penalty for non-compliance by auditor with section 227 and 229. the financial position is such as to endanger it’s solvency. be punishable with fine. to direct special Audit in certain cases – (section 233A) (1) If in the opinion of the Central Govt. shall if the default is willful. if any. (IX) Right of Auditor to attend General Meeting (section231) Auditor has a right to receive the notice and related documents of general meeting and is entitled to attend the meeting and being heard as any part of the business concerns him as auditor. (XII) Power of Central Govt.(section 233) If any auditors report is made or any document is signed otherwise than in conformity with the requirements of section 227 and 229. industry or business. other than the auditor who signs the report or document. the auditor concerned and the person.) Only the person or a partner of the firm of Chartered Accountants appointed as Auditor may sign the Auditor’s Report or any other document of the company required by law to be signed by the auditor. (X) Penalty for non compliance with section 225 to 231 (section 232) If default is made by a company in complying with the above provisions the company and every officer of the company who is in default shall be punishable with fine. the company’s affairs are not being managed in accordance with sound business principles or prudent commercial practice or if the company is managed in such a way that it will cause a serious injury or damage to the interest of trade. (2) The auditor appointed above is termed as a special auditor. (section 229. (VIII) Reading and Inspection of Auditor’s Report (section 230) The auditors report shall be read before the company in general meeting and shall be open to inspection by any member of the company.

(4) (5) A person referred under section 226(3) and (4) shall not be appointed or re. may take such action in accordance with the provision of Companies Act or any other law for the time being in force. (5) The Central Govt. but he is required to submit his report to the Central Govt. (3) The Cost Audit is in addition to that conducted by an auditor appointed under section 224. . (2) The auditor under this section shall be appointed by the BOD of the company with the previous approval of the Central Govt. (7) The expenses including special auditor’s remuneration be determined by the Central Govt. (XIII) Audit of Cost Accounts in certain cases (section 233 B) (1) If Central Govt thinks it is necessary.(3) The special auditor have the same power and duties as an auditor of a company. may order the audit of Cost Accounts of a company which is required to maintain Cost Accounts u/s 209(1)(d) by a Cost Accountant. in such form and within such time as may be prescribed and also send a copy of the same to the company. may direct any person to provide all required information to the special auditor and in case of failure the person shall be punishable with a fine. The Cost Auditor has same powers & duties as that of Company Auditor and shall make his report to the Central Govt. and payable by the company and in default of such payment shall be recoverable from the company as an arrears of land revenue. Before appointment the company shall get a certificate from the auditor that if the appointment made it is in accordance with the provision of section 224(1B). (4) The special auditor’s report include all the details as that of Company Auditor’s Report and also on the matters specified by the Central Govt. (6) On receipt of the special Auditor’s Report the Central Govt.appointed as Cost Auditor. instead of the members.

(7) Within 30 days of the receipt of the Cost Audit Report the company shall furnish the Central Govt.2011 has modified the procedure for appointment of Cost Auditor by Company. as it considers necessary. the Central Govt. may direct the company whose Cost Accounts have been audited to circulate to it’s members. along with the AGM notice. The Company shall file its application with the Central Government on mca portal in the prescribed form 23C within 90 days from the date of commencement of each financial year.04. the whole or such portion of the said report as directed. may take such action on the report in accordance with the provision of the Companies Act or any other law for the time being in force. the Central Govt. with full information and explanation on every reservation or qualification contained in such report. On filing the application the same shall be deemed to be approved by the Central Government. Both Cost Auditor as well Audit Committee will be responsible for compliance of the provision of 224(1-B) of the Companies Act. (10) The Central Govt. Note : The Central Government vide circular no 15/2011 dated 11. The Audit Committee consist of 3 Directors and three other directors of which . As per the revised procedure Audit Committee of the Board shall be the first point of reference regarding appointment of Cost Auditors. (8) After the receipt of the Cost Audit Report and Company’s explanat ion. In those companies where constitution of an Audit committee is not required by law Board of Directors shall be first point of reference of appointment of Cost Auditors. can call any further explanation and information within such prescribed time. (11) If default is made in complying with the above provisions the company and every officer of the company shall be liable to be punished with fine and fine with imprisonment respectively.(6) It is company’s duty to give all facilities and assistance to the person appointed for conducting the Cost Audit. AUDIT COMMITTEE:-Every company having a paid capital of not less than ` 5 crore is required to have an Audit Committee. unless contrary is heard within thirty days from the date of filing such applications. (9) After receipt of above explanation etc. SECTION 292A.

employee including the company is liable to . Every officer. The Audit Committee is required to examine the Internal Audit Report and the comments of the Audit Committee on the internal Audit Report should be disclosed in the Annual Report of the company.2/3rd should be other than Managing Director and Whole time Director.

SECTION 619 OF THE COMPANIES ACT. Where Central Government is a member of a Government Company. engaged .The Auditor of a Government Company is appointed or re-appointed by the Central Government on the advice of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.section 44(AB)  Every person if his total sales or gross receipts exceeds 100 lakhs in any previous year Or  Carrying on profession if his gross receipts exceeds ` 15 lakhs in any previous year Or  Carrying on business. Annual Reports on Government Companies. In addition the Comptroller and Auditor have power to direct the manner in which company’s accounts shall be audited and give such instructions to the auditor in regard to any matter relating to the performance of his function. 619A. the Central Government shall cause and annual report on the working and affairs of that company to be prepared within three months of its annual general meeting before which the audit report is placed under sub-section 5 of section 619 and as soon as may be after such preparation laid before both the house of parliament together with a copy audit report and any comments or supplement to.punishment of one year or fine of ` 50. However it is necessary that provision of sub section 1B and 1C of section 224 are complied with. the profit and gains from the business are ‘deemed’ on presumptive b asis to be the profit of such person who is engaged in the business of civil construction or supply of labour for civil construction or owns and ply for hiring not more than 10 goods carriages.. (B) Provisions of the Income Tax Act. The Auditor so appointed is to submit a copy of his audit report to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India who have the right to comment upon or supplement the audit report in such manner as he may think fit. engaged in retail trade. 1961 1.Audit of accounts of certain persons carrying on business or profession. the audit report made by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.000 or both for non complying with the provisions of section 292A regarding Audit Committee.

it shall be sufficient compliance with the provision of Income Tax Act. along with the return of income for the previous year. 2. The provision does not apply to Non resident assessee engaged in the business of operation of ships or operation of air crafts. Maintenance and audit of accounts of shipping companies section 115vw An option for tonnage tax scheme shall not have effect in relation to a previous year unless such company (i) Maintain separate books of accounts in respect of the business of operating qualifying ships and (ii) Furnishes. and setting forth such particulars as may be prescribed. 7. 3. Both would have a common interest in determining that there is – (i) An effective system of internal control to prevent or detect errors and frauds and that it has been operating efficiently. otherwise it will attract penalty u/s 271 BA. .   in the business of providing service in connection with production of mineral oil or foreign company engaged in civil construction or erection of plant and machinery if claimed income lower than the profit or gains so deemed to be the profit and gains of business in any previous year.A. if the audit is completed before the specified date and the report is furnished by that date along with a further report in prescribed form under signature of a Chartered Accountant. In the case where the assesses is required to get his accounts audited under any other law. Report from an Accountant to be furnished by persons entering into international transaction.7 INTERFACE BETWEEN STATUTORY AUDITOR AND INTERNAL AUDITOR In accounting matters the internal auditor and the statutory auditor operate in the same field. in the prescribed form duly signed and verified by such Chartered Accountant. the report of a Chartered Accountant. Get his accounts of previous year audited by Chartered Accountant before specified date and furnish the report of such audit in the prescribed form duly signed and verified by the Chartered Accountant.section 92E Every person who has entered into an international transaction during a previous year shall obtain a report from a Chartered Accountant and furnish such report before specified date in the prescribed form duly signed and verified in the prescribed manner by such C.

However. Statistical comparison. approach and scope of operation of an internal auditor and a statutory auditor. The internal auditor has not got the independent status like the statutory auditor. there are fundamental difference between the two forms of audits in terms of the status. his scope of operations and rights and duties are defined by the statute. (iii) Verification of assets and liabilities.(ii) An adequate accounting system to generate information for preparation of true and fair financial statements. responsibility. The technique of audit adopted by both the auditors are common such as – (i) Verification of internal control system to see whether it is sound in principle and effective in operation (ii) Verification of accounting records and statements. (c) Responsibility : The internal auditor is responsible to the management who is his master. The internal auditor on the other hand would operate with a view to ensuring that the accounting system is efficient and that the accounting information presented to the management are correct and disclosed material facts. (a) Status and Scope : The internal auditor is a representative of the management and the nature and scope of his operations are determined by the needs and perception of the management. The statutory auditor is on the other hand is responsible directly to the shareholders. The statutory auditor on the other hand is independent of the management. (iv) (d) Appointment : . (b) Approach : The statutory auditors approach would be governed by the duty placed on him to satisfy himself that the accounting statements presented to the shareholders shows a true and fair view of the profit and loss during the year and of the state of affairs of the company as on the date of the Balance Sheet. enquiry etc.

The management may not have own internal audit. make a general evaluation of the internal audit function.   The appointment of the internal auditor depends entirely on the wishes of the management.whether he is free to communicate with the statutory auditor. This is determined by the management. some of the means of achieving their respective objective are often similar and thus much of the work of the internal auditor may be useful to the external auditor in determining the nature. the statutory auditor should. After promulgation of the CARO. Thus. the statutory auditor may decide to rely upon the internal auditor’s work. Nevertheless.whether there has been proper planning. The qualification of the internal auditor is not guided by any statutory provision. 2003 it is obligatory for the statutory auditor to comment in respect of certain companies as to whether they have internal audit system commensurate with its size and nature of business. supervision. as part of his audit. (d)  Considering the results of general evaluation of the internal audit function. (c) Technical competence of the person carrying out the internal audit work. the statutory auditor should consider the following aspects : (a)    Status of the internal auditor in the organization-to whom does he report. In this connection. before deciding to place reliance upon the work of the internal auditor. timing and extent of his procedures. . Such evaluation will help him in deciding to what extent he can rely upon the internal auditor’s work and whether he may adopt less extensive procedures than would otherwise be required. review and documentation of internal audit work. (b) Scope of the internal auditor’s function and whether recommendations of the internal auditor are acted upon. The role of the internal audit function within an entity is determined by the management and its prime objective differs from that of the external auditor who is appointed to report independently on financial information. Exercise of such professional care regarding internal audit work. reference may be made to SA-610 “Using the Work Internal Auditors” issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.whether any constraints or restrictions placed upon his work by management. As regards the internal arrangements between the statutory auditor and the internal auditor in the performance of their respective duties.

 Report on Corporate Governance (i) There shall be a separate section on Corporate Governance in the Annual Report of company. Although as a principle it goes beyond merely complying with the legal procedure under the corporate and regulatory bodies. 7. Finally. Non Compliance of any mandatory requirement with reasons thereof and the extent to which the non-mandatory requirements have been adopted should be specifically highlighted. corporate governance is the “mantra” of Board managed Corporate. the degree of reliance that a statutory auditor can place on the work done by the internal auditor is a matter of individual judgment. it must be emphasized that the report of the statutory auditor is his sole responsibility and that responsibility is not by any means reduced because of the reliance he placed on the internal auditor’s work. with a detailed compliance report on Corporate Governance.  However.8 CORPORATE GOVERNANCE  Corporate governance is the manner of governing a company.This certificate is required to be annexed to the director’s report and is to be sent to the stock exchange along with the annual return. The report shall be signed either by the Compliance Officer or the CEO of the company. For examining compliance with the above requirements the auditor should examine the (i) Minute book of Board of Directors Minute book of General Body Meeting Minute book of Audit Committee Corporate Governance Report (ii) (iii) (iv) . on paper it has remained as a procedure and compliance oriented concept. (ii) The companies shall submit a quarterly compliance report to the stock exchanges within 15 days from the close of quarter in the prescribed form. Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement of SEBI requires listed companies to comply with certain conditions of “Corporate Governance” and to obtain a certificate from its statutory auditor regarding such compliance .

as suggested by the ICAI.(v) Mandatory Annual intimations filed by each director about the Directorships in other companies Consistency of segment wise information with the segment information disclosed in financial statements in accordance with AS 17. The Auditor. in this regard. is required to issue his certificate as follows. 2003. . (vi) (vii) Discussion on internal control system and their adequacy and consistency with the opinion expressed by him under CARO.

Ltd as per the records maintained by the Share Holders/ Investors Grievances Committee. It is neither an audit nor an expression of opinion on the financial statements of the _____________Co. our examination was limited to procedures and implementation thereof. has complied with the Conditions of Corporate Governance as stipulated in the above mentioned Listing Agreement. Ltd. The Compliance of Conditions of Corporate Governance is the responsibility of the management. ltd We have examined the Compliance Condition of the Corporate Governances. stipulated under clause 49 of the listing agreement of the said company with the ____________________________Stock Exchange. subject to the following (a) ________________________________________________________ (b) ________________________________________________________ We certify that the ______________Co. We state that out of ______________no of investors grievance ________ are pending for a period exceeding one month against the ______Co. adopted by the ___________ Co. for the year ended on __________. by the _________Co Ltd. The members of the ________________________________Co. Ltd. .CERTIFICATE To. Ltd for ensuring the compliance of the conditions of the Corporate Governance. In our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us.

Ltd nor the efficiency or effectiveness with which the management has conducted the affairs of the _____ Co.We further state that such compliance is neither an assurance as to the future viability of the _______Co. Place: _________________ Date: _________________ For and behalf of XYZ and Company Chartered accountants Partner/ Proprietor .Ltd.