What is the Internal Audit and Statutory Audit in Accounts Point of View? When is the Audit Conducted?
I am working with Educational Institution? I need the Clarrification of Internal Audit and Statutory Audit Process?

From India , Madras
Hi Subhasri,

Many of the people dont know the meaning of Internal audit and statutory audit. I will clarify it.

Internal audit is an audit which a compay(Who is coverd by CARO i.e. Companies Auditor report order) has to get it done from from a chartered accountant, its mainly in relation to internal control prevailing in the organisation. It is as good as regular audit. It is good to have control in the organisation. Further, statutory auditor will rely the internal audit for the purpose of their statutory audit.

Statutory audit is an audit to comply with the statues, which is mainly Companies Act, 1961 and Income tax Act, 1961. While doing Statutory audit one needs to follow the provisions of the statute, like Schedule VI in companies Act and all the other provisions of the companies Act. In relation to Income tax it is Form No.3CD etc. There is specific format is there for statuory audit but for internal audit there is not format is there for report.

I think above information will suffice your requirements. If you need any further information than you can contact me on my email which is or you can give me a call on mobile which is 09987389930.



From India , Mumbai
Dear, Mr. Ajit has consider all point but i would like to add one point that internal audit may be compulary & applicable as per companies act when compnay get tourn over of Rs.5 core. Kamlesh
From India , Ahmadabad

Internal Audit is Company appoints its own auditor should verify the transactions,and others of Company.The Internal auditor give certain suggessions to maintain proper way of maintain of accounts.
Statutory Audit is done by Chartered Accountants as per the appointment by the Shareholders of Company.Statutory audit can finalised all the accounts of Company.

From India , Hyderabad

Statutory Audit :
Statutory Audit is an audit by a practicing Chartered Accountant which has its operations exterior to the organization which it is auditing. Statutory Auditors are a part of the external audit process are focused on the various financial accounts or risks associated with the domain of finance and are appointed by the shareholders of the company. The chief responsibility of statutory auditors is to perform the process of annual statutory audit of the company’s financial accounts, providing opinions if they are an impartial and fair reflection of the company’s financial position. As part of this effort, statutory auditors by means of the statutory audit process often deal with the examination and evaluation of internal controls to manage the risks that could possibly affect the financial accounts, to decide if they are working as according to intended plans.
Internal Audit:
Internal Audit is a function that, even though operating independently from other departments and involves reporting directly to the audit committee, the function remains within an organization i.e. the company employees. It is essential for performing audits of both financial and non-financial nature within a wide of areas of operation in a business, as that are directed by the annual audit plan. Internal audit looks at main risks facing the business and what action is being taken to manage those risks in an effective manner, to help the organization achieve its various objectives. For example, they may look at risks threatening a company’s reputation such as the employment of cheap labor in foreign countries, or the strategic risks such as producing too many products in comparison to available resources etc.
Statutory Audit vs. Internal Audit:
• Internal audit is limited to the governance of an organization, management controls over the operations of an organization and risk management. External audit is related to the reports on financial statements of the corporate entity.
• External audit is a legal requirement while internal audit is conducted based on the personal resolve of the business owners to measure the operation’ efficiency as conducted by the business.
• External audit is performed by an external auditor or audit firm while the process of internal audit is performed by the firm’s employees, nevertheless, an audit firm can also be selected and appointed to conduct the process of internal audit.
• Internal auditor is selected or appointed by the company while the selection of the external auditor is at the shareholder’s annual general meeting
• External audit is performed while maintaining in perspective the various requirements of any acceptable financial reporting standards while no such rules hold for internal audit.
• Internal auditor by means of the internal audit process is responsible to report to the management or audit committee while statutory auditor as part of the statutory audit process reports to the company shareholders.

From India,

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