Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI) has observed that financial documents/ certificates attested by third person misrepresenting themselves as CA Members are misleading the Authorities and stakeholder. “ICAI is also receiving number of complaints of forged signatures” said the release issued by ICAI. To curb the malpractices, the Professional Development Committee of ICAI has implemented an innovative concept of UDIN i.e. Unique Document Identification Number to secure the certificates/documents attested/certified by practicing Chartered Accountants which will be made mandatory with effect from 1st January 2019.
Every Practising CA will need to register at https://udin.icai.org/ and generate UDIN by registering the certificates/ documents attested/ certified by them.
To generate UDIN, Members are required to provide only 3-5 key fields of the certificate/ document which is being attested and there is no need to upload it.
“Through UDIN and the key fields as mentioned by CAs, the Regulators/ Banks/ third parties will be able to check the authenticity of the documents/reports/certificate. Further, this portal would help in tracing forged/wrong documents prepared by any third person misrepresenting himself as a Chartered Accountant, as any person other than Chartered Accountant will not be able to upload the documents.” explained the release issued by ICAI.
The dedicated website for UDIN is also released by ICAI and members can visit https://udin.icai.org/ to understand how UDIN will work or for Frequently Asked Questions. Also the dedicated number viz. 011–30110411/444 and email address viz. firstname.lastname@example.org is made available for members to address the queries, if any faced by the Member.
The author is the Founder and Partner at JMJA & Associates LLP. With over 10 years of work experience in various listed companies and conglomerates, CS Jigar Shah has a rich and varied experience in his portfolio.
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