25 March 2010

Bank Audit Engagement Letter- Word Format

Bank Audit Engagement Letter as suggeste by ICAI in Word Format-see attachment


The Branch Manager, Dt. /03/2010

Dear Sir,

Sub: Audit of accounts of your Branch for the year 2009-10 – Audit Engagement /Management Representations.

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You have already been informed by your Management, that we have been appointed as the auditors to audit and report on the accounts of the Branch for the year 2009-10.

We have accepted the appointment, and we confirm that the audit shall be carried out in accordance with the applicable legal provisions and the regulatory requirements, besides the applicable authoritative pronouncements of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, with the objective of expressing an opinion on the Branch financial statements. For this purpose we will perform sufficient tests to obtain reasonable assurance as to whether the information contained in the accounting records and other source data is reliable and sufficient as the basis of the preparation of the financial statements; and whether the information is properly presented in the said statements.

You are aware that the responsibility for the preparation of the financial statements including adequate disclosure is that of the Management, and this includes the maintenance of adequate accounting records and internal controls, the selection and consistent application of appropriate accounting policies, including implementation of applicable accounting standards along with proper explanation relating to any material departures from those accounting standards. The management is also responsible for making judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent so as to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Branch at the end of the financial year and of the profit or loss of the Branch for that period, and the safeguard of the assets of ;the Bank/branch.

We will conduct our audit in accordance with the auditing standards generally accepted in India and with the requirements of law. These Standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatements. An audit includes examining, on test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by the managements, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. However, having regarding to the test nature of an audit, persuasive rather than conclusive nature of audit evidence together with inherent limitations of any accounting and internal control system, there is an unavoidable risk that even some material misstatements of financial statements, resulting from fraud, and to a lesser extent error, if either exists, may remain undetected.

In addition to our report on the financial statements, we expect to provide you with a separate letter concerning any material weaknesses in accounting and internal control systems which might come to our notice through the Long Form Audit Report (LFAR), or otherwise.

We also wish to invite your attention to the fact that our audit process is subject to 'peer review' under the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 and the reviewer may examine our working papers during the course such review.

We wish to complete some audit procedures even prior to the year-end, depending on your readiness / response.

In view of the severe time constraints imposed, we are confident you will make available to us, within the dates stipulated, the following Branch returns / statements duly completed, pre-reviewed and duly authenticated, to enable us to furnish our reports in the form and manner desired of us by law or by the Reserve Bank of India and not necessarily in the form and manner prescribed by the Bank.

Statements / returns:

a) the Balance Sheet as at 31.03.2010

b) the Profit and Loss Account for the year 2009-10

c) the statements relating to the particulars of Advances as at 31.03.2010 and

d) other supporting returns / statements / annexures.

(including those covering also the LFAR requirements)

Information / clarification as stated in Annexure 'I' to this letter in connection with our assignment, may please also be expedited.

To enable us to monitor the progress of the audit and completion of the assignment, please indicate / mentioned, the actual dates(s) of completion as well as handing over to us of each statement / return / confirmation or other information required to be prepared by your (as per the contents of the letter of appointment sent to us), by your endorsement on each such statement / return / confirmation, before the same (duly authenticated) are handed over to us on 1st April, 2010

We await your commitment.

As part of the audit process, we will expect to receive from the Management, written confirmation of the representations made to us and a written response (para-wise), to our requirements is imperative, and such response is to be based on your verification of facts.

We shall be greatful if your could confirmed the name(s) of the Officer(s) designated by the Branch to comply with our requirements in connection with the audit, so that our reports are expedited.

We shall appreciate your co-operation in the matter.

Thanking You

Yours faithfully

For Chartered Accountants

Proprietor / Partner

Membership No.

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CA. V.M.V.SUBBA RAO

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