If your organisation requires an audit due to industry regulations or because potential investors or other stakeholders require one, it needn’t be a negative, stressful experience.
Here at UHY Haines Norton we see first-hand how an audit is actually beneficial as it presents you with the opportunity to improve your organisation. Here we aim to highlight just a few major benefits that an audit provides.
Obviously this is one of the main reasons to conduct an audit: to meet the statutory requirements and regulations in your industry. An audit provides complete peace of mind for business owners and shareholders that the organisation is 100% compliant with all of its current statutory obligations. Non-compliance runs the risk of incurring heavy fines, loss of customers and a tarnished reputation – damage that far outweighs the cost and any minimal, temporary inconvenience that may be caused by an audit.
2. Business Improvements / System Improvements
A thorough, in-depth audit takes an impartial look at your organisation’s internal systems and controls. This means it’s an ideal opportunity for the auditing experts to suggest improvements that can make your business more efficient. Ways to improve internal controls, business systems, accounting practises, efficiencies, governance and culture can all be identified through the audit process.
An audit provides independent verification that the financial statements are a true and fair representation of the entity’s current situation. This provides invaluable credibility and confidence to your organisation’s customers/clients, stakeholders, investors or lenders and even potential buyers. It is confirmation that financially everything is as it appears to be.
4. Detect and Prevent Fraud
It’s estimated that up to 30% of New Zealand businesses are subject to fraud, error and corruption. Workplace fraud can occur for years without being detected and can be so substantial that some businesses never recover financially or repair their reputations. An audit can be an effective tool for identifying fraud and opportunities to commit fraud. Experienced auditors are skilled at pinpointing weaknesses in an organisation’s systems and controls and suggesting ways to strengthen these to prevent fraud occurring.
5. Better Planning and Budgeting
An audit confirms the accuracy of an organisation’s financial statements by analysing its financial transactions. It’s a detailed process and can result in certain types of income, expenditure, assets and liabilities being scrutinised. This critical examination, coupled with the auditor’s financial expertise, can then be used by business owners for better financial planning, budgeting and financial decision-making for the future.
Audit Director Bhavin Sanghavi and the UHY Haines Norton Audit team provides reviews and audits for organisations of all sizes and industries. To find out more about how we can help you, please contact Bhavin on (09) 839-0248 or email email@example.com.