Internal audit requirement under companies Law in India.

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If we talk about audit compliance in India, You must be aware that every company shall appoint auditor and get the audit of financial statement done every year. This shall apply irrespective of whether a company is newly established or whether an existing company is under loss. Today we will discuss about the internal audit requirement under companies Law in India. what is internal audit and its objective? Internal audit is the review of records and day to day operation of the business, It’s objective is to evaluate and improve the organizational activities from data entry to huge compliance. It covers everything basically. It helps reduce waste and utilize the potential of the organization.

To whom the law mandates this Audit compliance in India?

  1. Every listed company shall comply with internal audit requirement,
  2. For public unlisted companies

(i)    paid up share capital of fifty crore rupees or more during the preceding financial year; or

(ii) turnover(income) of two hundred crore rupees or more during the preceding financial year; or

(iii) outstanding loans or borrowings from banks or public financial institutions exceeding one hundred crore rupees or more at any point of time during the preceding financial year; or

(iv) outstanding deposits of twenty five crore rupees or more at any point of time during the preceding financial year; and

  1. For private companies

(i) turnover of two hundred crore rupees or more during the preceding financial year; or

(ii)   outstanding loans or borrowings from banks or public financial institutions exceeding one hundred crore rupees or more at any point of time during the preceding financial year:

Provided that an existing company covered under any of the above criteria shall comply with the requirements of section 138 and this rule within six months of commencement of such section.

Audit service provider in India for internal audit as per law may be chartered Accountant, cost accountant or any other professional as may be decided by the Board. Therefore Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants, Company Secretaries, Advocates and the like can be appointed as Internal Auditors.

Summary: check if you should already be appointing a internal auditor for your company. If not mandatory, it is always beneficial to have one due to its advantages for your business.

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