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External Audit

A measurement and report on the state of a person's or business' finances, made by an external agency. A common (and feared) example of an external audit is an audit by the IRS, which is done to ensure that the person or business being audited has paid the appropriate amount in taxes. Often, companies hire audit firms to look at their financial states and to receive an objective assessment. It is also called an outside audit. See also: Internal audit, Audit.

external audit

An examination of a company's records and reports by an outside party. Also called independent audit, outside audit. Compare internal audit.
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Two approaches have been employed in previous research to examine determinants of external audit fees.
When reliance is warranted, the internal audit work may affect one or more of the following aspects of the external audit work (CICA, 1989):
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Separating the CPA engagement teams that provide internal audit services from those that provide financial statement audits may strengthen public confidence that the (independent) external audit function is not influenced by other relationships.
Finally, we find that when family firms engage internal audit they are less likely to engage external audit, and vice versa, suggesting that internal audit is a substitute for external audit for these businesses.
Proposals to cut staff have been made in order to reduce expenditure, but this has met with opposition from trade unions which have demanded an external audit before they negotiate on anything.
Eligibility Criteria : The National Museum of the Royal Navy Group is seeking to award a contract for the provision of accountancy, external audit, tax and other related services for the Group including subsidiary charitable and trading companies and trusts.
The ministry passed the external audit process and got ISO 9001 certificate renewed the certificate of Quality Management System ISO 9001.
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Coordinate testing by management, internal and external audit to identify deficiencies early and reduce the numbers;
Recent SEC regulations prohibit companies from hiring out internal audit work to their external auditor, although there are certain exceptions where a limited amount of internal audit work can be performed by an external auditor--for example, internal audit work is permitted if it won't be relied on as part of the external audit.

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