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What Are the Elements of Audit Report? Types of Audit Report

The audit has been known to be a helpful component in a company’s financial status. The opinions or findings of an auditor help management to change their strategy or handle certain matters more efficiently.

The audit also gives awareness to management about their financial status. There are times when companies are unaware of what their financial status is, making them oblivious that they have been spending more than they should.

With an auditor assessing your financial statements and internal controls, you will have the assurance that you have a fair and correct representation of your company’s financial status on those papers. You can be assured that your firm is economically healthy.

Audit Report in a Nutshell

An external auditor always has an audit report to present to the management of a company that they have audited. It contains their findings and their opinions about the financial statements and internal controls of a company. An audit report has the valuable information that a company needs.

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What Are the 4 Types of Audit Reports?

The 4 types of audit reports are Unqualified Opinion, Qualified Opinion, Disclaimer Opinion, and Adverse Opinion.

1. Unqualified Opinion

This is the report that states that the financial statements of a company are fairly presented and follow the accounting standards.

2. Qualified Opinion

This is a kind of report that expresses that it cannot state an unqualified opinion because of several reasons. A reason can be that the financial statements do not follow the accounting standards.

3. Disclaimer Opinion

This is a kind of report that auditors present when they cannot give a distinct opinion on the audit because they didn’t have the opportunity to fulfill certain tasks because of a lack of information or assistance from the side of the management, improperly maintained financial records, etc.

4. Adverse Opinion

This kind of report from an auditor is alarming because it means that there has been a gross misstatement in the financial statements of a company and even possibly fraud.

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7 Elements of Audit Report

The audit report template includes 7 parts elements these are: report title, introductory Paragraph, scope paragraph, executive summary, opinion paragraph, auditor's name, and auditor's signature.

1. Report Title

This has the basic components of an audit report: the date (which is usually the last day of when an audit is held) and the addressee (which is the stockholders or board of directors of the audited company).

2. Introductory Paragraph

This part is where it is stated that an audit is carried out in the company stated above. It also stated here the financial records that were used in the audit that was conducted. This is also where it is stated that it is a company’s responsibility to ensure that its financial statements are correct and fair by the internationally accepted accounting standards.

3. Scope Paragraph

This is a paragraph that expresses that the rules and methods that were followed by an auditor in the audit were set by the Generally Accepted Audit Standards. These were fundamentally for the intention of presenting companies with a reasonable assurance that whatever is shown in their financial statements is correct.

4. Executive Summary

This segment discusses the findings of an auditor. An auditor writes here the matters that are important in their view for the management of a company to know. This is merely the summary of what has been found by an auditor, not their opinion about their findings. This is simply comprised of what they have assessed in their timeframe in auditing.

5. Opinion Paragraph

This is where an auditor’s opinion is stated, whether they believe that a company’s financial statements are correct and fair and follow the accounting standards or not. They also state the methods used in how they have arrived at such a conclusion.

6. Auditor's Name

An auditor’s name is then identified after all the information above, ensuring that it is clear that the author of the audit report is the auditor who conducted the audit himself. If an auditor works in a third-party organization, the name of their firm needs to be included as well.

7. Auditor's Signature

An auditor’s signature signifies that an auditor who writes an audit report acknowledges the responsibility that they are held accountable for about the results of the audit they have conducted.

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Top Audit Firms in Dubai

There are a lot of things to know about audit aside from its benefits. For you to understand more about the laws and what there is to know about the audit, you need a consultant with experience in this field.

Farahat & Co. has a team of audit firms in Dubai and experienced consultants to surround you with information that you need to obtain.

You can discuss with one of our auditors in Dubai your needs or queries about audits whenever you need them. You can contact us and book a free consultation. We will ensure to have a team of knowledgeable individuals to assist you.

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.