Suggested format for Acceptance Letter
<<<< Name and address of the entity>>>>
Sub: Our appointment as GST Auditors* (Joint Auditors*) under section 35(5) and section 44(2) of the CGST Act CGST Act read with Rule 80(3) of the CGST Rules [read with the corresponding provisions of the State / Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Acts] to certify the Reconciliation Statement in GSTR 9-C prepared for the financial year ended 31st March 2018
Ref: Your appointment letter dated ………………… / GSTIN:
We are in receipt of your appointment letter dated ……., in relation to the captioned matter. We are pleased to confirm our acceptance and our understanding of this engagement, by means of this letter.
1. The Management is responsible for compliances with the GST laws, comprising the Union Territory Goods and Services Tax / Central Goods and Services Tax / State Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017* and Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 and the respective rules framed thereunder, and for the preparation of the GSTR 9CGSTR GSTR 9C in compliance of those laws.
2. The responsibility of the Management also includes the maintenance of adequate accounting records and internal controls for safeguarding of the assets of the Entity / Firm / Company* and for preventing and detecting fraud or other irregularities. As part of our audit process, we will request from the Management written confirmation concerning representations made to us in connection with the audit.
3. Our responsibility is to audit the particulars included in the GSTR 9C to ensure that they are free of any material mis-statement
4. Our audit will be conducted in accordance with the auditing standards generally accepted in India and in line with the requirements under the GST laws. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance as to whether the relevant GSTR 9C is free of material mis-statements. An audit includes examination on a test basis, using the concept of materiality, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in GSTR 9C. The audit may also include assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by the Management in the presentation of financial statements.
5. In addition, we will consider, solely for the purpose of planning of our audit and determining the nature, timing, and extent of our audit procedures, the enterprise’s internal control. This consideration will not be sufficient to enable us to provide assurance on internal control or to identify all reportable conditions.
6. Having regard 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, resulting from fraud, and to a lesser extent error, if either exists, may remain undetected. A practitioner is expected can’t reduce the engagement risk to zero.
7. As required by auditing standards generally accepted in India, we will make specific inquiries of Management about the representations contained in the financial statements and other reports as may be applicable and the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting. Auditing standards generally accepted in India also require that, at the conclusion of the audit, we obtain representation letters from certain members of management about these matters. The responses to those inquiries, the written representations, and the results of our audit tests comprise the evidential matter we will rely upon in forming an opinion on the GSTR 9C or other reports. Owing to the importance of Management’s representations to an effective audit and review, the enterprise agrees liability and costs relating to our services under this letter attributable to any misrepresentations by Management. Management is responsible for providing us with all financial records and related information / documents on a timely basis, and its failure to do so may cause us to delay our report, modify our procedures, or even terminate our engagement.
8. The working papers prepared in conjunction with our audits are the property of our Firm, constitute confidential information and will be retained by us in accordance with our Firm’s policies and procedures. However, we acknowledge that the details or data received from you for preparation of these working papers are / is confidential information of the enterprise and will not be disclosed by us to any third party, except as set out in paragraph 9 below or when required by legislation, without the prior written consent from the Company.
9. In accordance with the Statement on Peer Review issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, our attest services may be subject to a peer review to be conducted by an independent reviewer who can inspect, examine or take abstract of our work papers including those provided by you.
10. If these arrangements are acceptable, please sign one copy of this letter and return it to us. We very much appreciate the opportunity to serve you and would be pleased to furnish any additional information you may request concerning our responsibilities and functions. We trust that our association will be a long and mutually beneficial one.
* Strike out whichever is not applicable and make suitable changes on a case to case basis
Source-Guidance Note Issued by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India