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How to Manage Auditors When They Come for an Audit?

Having your company audited is not an easy task to handle. There is probably only a few businesses that find it exciting to have auditors in Dubai, visit them for an audit of their financial statements and operations. Although it is a helpful activity for any company, businessmen are still nervous to face the day of an audit.

However, even if this is mostly the case anywhere in the world. An audit can manage proactively with some tips and advice. Unexpected happenings will avoid when you are well-prepared and adjusted to what is going to happen in an audit.

It is important that a good relationship with auditors is established from the start to ensure that every process that needs to be done will be smoothly accomplished. It is important that communication is also active between businessmen and auditors as this will make an audit easier to handle and perform.

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What are Auditors?

Auditors are simply those people who make sure that the financial statements and records of a company are correct. And fairly represent the financial standing of the said company. They also ensure that these financial data meet the regulatory auditing rules and regulations that are set in that specific jurisdiction or country.

There are two types of auditors, called Internal and External Auditors.

Internal Auditors

These people who working inside a company, assigned to check the operations and other concerned departments. They are there to make sure that objectives, goals, and regulations followed, especially the ones that laid out by law in the country. Compliance of a firm with the law is essential, that is why it is important to be audited every once in a while to be sure that you are not missing anything that is needed to be done. Also, internal auditors find out if there wastes and fraud that are happening inside their company, put them to stop. And also prevent for them to happen again.

Internal auditors also recommend solutions to the upper management to make the operations, payroll processes, etc. to be more efficient.

Read More: What is the role of Internal Audit in finance?

External Auditors

These are the auditors that usually from auditing firms that hired by a company to conduct an audit. They generally put their focus on the financial records of a company to ensure that it is present correctly and fairly. These auditors review the financial statements of a company to check if there are any erroneous records or even fraud.

After conducting a review, external auditors gather evidence to support their findings. Along with these, external auditors also present solutions to counter the incorrect way that a company is handling their financial statements, systems, etc. Read more about the difference between internal auditors and external auditors

Learn more: External Auditors vs Internal Auditors in UAE

How Can You Manage the Auditor or Regulator Visit?

Conduct a meeting

Before an audit happens, you should meet with your concerned staff to sure that they know what they supposed to do when the audit comes.

The managers should know when it is their turn to assist and answer the questions of an auditor.

Prepare the possible questions that will thrown at you and prepare answers for them as well. Be sure that your people are confident with their position and with the way they supposed to handle it.

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Be Professional

As one of the managers or even the owner of your company. You should show that you know when to talk and when to simply listen. Be sure to answer their questions fully as what you have prepared.

Prepare your Documents

Being organized is a good trait that will also be noticed by an auditor. More importantly, it will be easier for you to hand a document that will support what you are saying. This will cut down the time that wasted on your side finding papers and essential documents.

Make them feel Comfortable

As they are your guests, you should prepare food or a cozy place for them to write their reviews or opinions. With regard to what they have noticed and observed as they conducting the audit.

You may want to know: What is the Difference Between a Qualified and Unqualified Audit Report?

Audit Firms in Dubai

Farahat & Co. is one of the top auditing firms in UAE with more than 30 years of experience in various fields, dealing with different industries. Our team composed of accountants and auditors . Who can help you with anything you need to be done in your company.

With our licensed and registered auditors guiding you every step of the way. We can also ensure that the solutions that you will be given will definitely help the growth of your business. They are all updated with the changes in regulatory standards that apply to your jurisdictions because they have been doing this for a really long time.

You can contact us and book a consultation for you to find out that we only give quality service.

Jose’s entire educational and professional career has circled around audit and assurance. While in India, he became a CPA and worked as an accountant and an auditor. Afterwards, he relocated to Dubai, where he joined Farahat & Co. as an auditor. He is currently assisting UAE mainland and free zone businesses with their compliance needs. With a reputation for proficiency, quality, and reliability, clients refer to Mr. Jose for independent assessments of organizations structures and operations.