Do you know why you need an audit or why you should have one?
The main reasons why you will be required by law to have a statutory audit are…
- You are a PLC or a banking, insurance or finance company (or a subsidiary of one of these)
- You are required by your professional or trade organisation to have your accounts audited
- Your shareholders do not agree to opting out of the audit
Most subsidiary companies are also exempt from audit where their parent company guarantees their liabilities.
We can advise you if you need an audit and if not, you can save on accountancy fees!
However, we aim to deliver hassle-free audits and there are good reasons for having an audit even if you are not required by law to have one…
- An audit involves a detailed review of the company’s accounting systems and systems of control and also requires a detailed understanding of the company’s business. Such a review and knowledge can provide increased opportunities to provide proactive business advice on many matters
- An unqualified audit report can improve the status of the accounts in the eyes of banks and commercial lenders, the Taxman and suppliers who may be seeking credit references, etc
- A history of accounts with clean audit reports can also be a factor if you ever wish to sell the company or, perhaps, take it to the market
- The possibility of fraud can be reduced and an audit can act as a deterrent to any potential fraudster
We are a firm of statutory auditors registered to carry on audit work in the UK by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Details about our audit registration can be viewed at www.auditregister.org.uk under reference number 1568.
The professional rules applicable to our audit work in the UK are the Audit Regulations which can be found at www.icas.com/regulation/audit-registration. In addition there are the International Standards on Auditing (UK) at www.frc.org.uk/Our-Work/Publications.aspx .
In carrying out our audit work we are subject to the Code of Ethics referred to in paragraph 1.1 above. With respect to audit work we are also subject to the FRC Ethical Standard which can be found by searching for ‘Ethical Standard’ at www.frc.org.uk/Our-Work/Publications.aspx.