Mystery of Zero Audit Fees of 1.81 lacs Companies As per NFRA Report
The answer is Big No?
In No way It is possible to get Audit done work done without paying any single rupee for Audit!! Does any logic certify that?
So How NFRA computed that – Wherefrom they have taken this data?
NFRA has taken the data of Auditors fee from the *Payment to Auditor section* in *AOC-4* filed by the Company.
Now, due to clerical mistakes, Many times Auditors fees are either mentioned in the *Other Expenses Column or Finance Cost*.
This is either due to clerical mistake by Articles /staff of CA or and since also Company Secretary authorized to fill-up the form these may not be cross-checked by Auditor who audited the company.
If Auditors fees are not clubbed in Other Expenses or Finance cost but Actuality it is Zero *then Why the Auditors fees in very next upper Slab I.e 1000 is as low as 0.20% of Total I.e 817 in comparison to 30% in Nil Audit fee slab*
*It is evident that the Zero fee slab is a Clerical mistake in AOC-4 form which is clubbed with Other Expenses or Finance Cost*
NFRA should have cross-checked the data with ICAI before relying on the faulty report and concluding any remark on it.
If not then at least asked on a sample basis at least 50% of the Auditor that whether they have audited at Zero cost or is it because of clerical mistake!!!
Hence it is evident that due to clerical mistakes in the AOC-4 form, NFRA published wrong data and wrongly concluded on Auditors role in Companies. And it also implies that self-prepared data are always misleading unless it is audited by some independent person who is an expert. Had this NFRA data would have verified by ICAI or CA members, Half of the problem would have been solved.
Would request NFRA to revisit the data on which they have relied and based their opinion.