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Comparison Of Old Audit Report Format With SA 700(Revised)

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Hello, Everyone, as we all know Audit period has started and we all are busy in Auditing and Finalization work and this time we all have to prepare Audit Report in a Revised Format. While going through the Revised format and the Old Format, I have prepared a comparative Illustration Format of Auditor's Report before and After Applicability of SA 700 (Revised) as well as Implication on SA 700 (Revised) Auditors Report and the same i would like to share with you in my current Article.

 

IMPLICATION ON SA 700 (REVISED) AUDITORS REPORT

 

SA 700 (REVISED) – FORMING AN OPINION AND REPORTING ON FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 

        

SA 700 (Revised) deals with the auditor’s responsibility to form an opinion on the financial statements and also with the form and content of the auditor’s report issued as a result of an audit of financial statements. The main highlights of this SA are:

 

• The Auditors report shall be in writing – hard Copy or report using electronic format.

 

It shall have a title that clearly indicates that it is the report of an independent auditor.

 

The introductory paragraph of the report shall contain the name of the entity, name and period of each statement that comprises the financial statements, refer to the summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information and state that the financial statements have been audited.

 

The auditor’s report shall include sections and headings as under:

 

Report on the Financial Statements (if other reporting responsibilities have been addressed)

 

- Management’s [or other appropriate term] Responsibility for the Financial Statements

- Auditor’s Responsibility

- Opinion

 

Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements [or otherwise as appropriate] (wherever applicable)

 

The auditor’s report shall be signed and dated and shall also contain the place of signature along with membership number of the auditor signing the report and the FRN of the firm, as applicable.

 

COMPARATIVE ILLUSTRATION OF FORMAT OF AUDITOR’S REPORT (NON-MODIFIED) BEFORE AND AFTER APPLICABILITY OF SA 700 (REVISED) – AUDIT OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS PREPARED UNDER COMPANIES ACT, 1956

 

Illustrative format of Audit Report applicable till 31.03.2012

[Before application of SA 700 (revised)]

Illustrative format of Audit Report applicable from 01.04.2012

[After application of SA 700 (Revised)]

AUDITORS’ REPORT

To the Members of ABC Company Limited

 

We have audited the attached balance sheet of ABC Company Limited (“the Company”) as at 31 March 20XX and the statement of profit and loss for the period ….. annexed thereto.

 

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management.

 

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in India. Those Standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement.

 

An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements.

 

An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation.

 

We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion. 

 

As required by the Companies (Auditor’s Report) Order, 2003, as amended, issued by the Central Government of India in terms of sub-section (4A) of Section 227 of the Companies Act, 1956, (“the Act”) we enclose in the Annexure a statement on the matters specified in paragraphs 4 and 5 of the said Order.

 

Further to our comments in the annexure referred to above, we report that:

 

(a) we have obtained all the information and explanations which to the best of our knowledge and belief were necessary for the purpose of our audit;

 

(b) in our opinion proper books of account as required by law have been kept by the Company so far as appears from our examination of those books [and proper returns adequate for the purposes of our audit have been received from branches not visited by us];

 

(c) the Balance Sheet, Statement of Profit and Loss, and Cash Flow Statement dealt with by this Report are in agreement with the books of account [and with the returns received from branches not visited by us;

 

(d)  in our opinion, the Balance Sheet, Statement of Profit and Loss, and Cash Flow Statement comply with the Accounting Standards referred to in subsection (3C) of section 211 of the Companies Act, 1956;

 

(e) on the basis of written representations received from the directors as on March 31, 20XX, and taken on record by the Board of Directors, none of the directors is disqualified as on March 31, 20XX, from being appointed as a director in terms of clause (g) of sub-section (1) of section 274 of the Companies Act, 1956.

 

(f) in our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us, the said accounts give the information required by the Act in the manner so required, and give a true and fair view, in conformity with the accounting principles generally accepted in India:

 

(a) in the case of the Balance Sheet, of the state of affairs of the Company as at March 31, 20XX;

 

(b) in the case of the Profit and Loss Account, of the profit/ loss for the year ended on that date; and

 

(c) in the case of the Cash Flow Statement, of the cash flows for the year ended on that date.

 

INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REPORT

To the Members of ABC Company Limited

 

Report on the Financial Statements

 

We have audited the accompanying financial statements of ABC Company Limited (“the Company”), which comprise the Balance Sheet as at March 31, 20XX, and the Statement of Profit and Loss and Cash Flow Statement for the year then ended, and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.

 

Management’s Responsibility for the Financial Statements

 

Management is responsible for the preparation of these financial statements that give a true and fair view of the financial position, financial performance and cash flows of the Company in accordance with the Accounting Standards referred to in sub-section (3C) of section 211 of the Companies Act, 1956 (“the Act”). This responsibility includes the design, implementation and maintenance of internal control relevant to the preparation and presentation of the financial statements that give a true and fair view and are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

 

Auditor’s Responsibility

 

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with the Standards on Auditing issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Those Standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement.

 

An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the Company’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of the accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.

 

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion.

 

Opinion

 

In our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us, the financial statements give the information required by the Act in the manner so required and give a true and fair view in conformity with the accounting principles generally accepted in India:

 

(a) in the case of the Balance Sheet, of the state of affairs of the Company as at March 31, 20XX;

 

(b) in the case of the Profit and Loss Account, of the profit/ loss for the year ended on that date; and

 

(c) in the case of the Cash Flow Statement, of the cash flows for the year ended on that date.

 

Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements

 

 1. As required by the Companies (Auditor’s Report) Order, 2003 (“the Order”) issued by the Central Government of India in terms of sub-section (4A) of section 227 of the Act, we give in the Annexure a statement on the matters specified in paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Order.

 

2. As required by section 227(3) of the Act, we report that:

 

a. we have obtained all the information and explanations which to the best of our knowledge and belief were necessary for the purpose of our audit;

 

b. in our opinion proper books of account as required by law have been kept by the Company so far as appears from our examination of those books [and proper returns adequate for the purposes of our audit have been received from branches not visited by us];

 

c. the Balance Sheet, Statement of Profit and Loss, and Cash Flow Statement dealt with by this Report are in agreement with the books of account [and with the returns received from branches not visited by us;

 

d. in our opinion, the Balance Sheet, Statement of Profit and Loss, and Cash Flow Statement comply with the Accounting Standards referred to in subsection (3C) of section 211 of the Companies Act, 1956;

 

e. on the basis of written representations received from the directors as on March 31, 20XX, and taken on record by the Board of Directors, none of the directors is disqualified as on March 31, 20XX, from being appointed as a director in terms of clause (g) of sub-section (1) of section 274 of the Companies Act, 1956.

 

 

Thank You

CA Vinay Parmar

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