Internal Audit

What is Internal Audit?


An internal audit is a process conducted by an organization’s internal audit function or department to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. The primary purpose of internal auditing is to provide independent assurance that an organization’s risk management, internal control, and governance processes are operating effectively.


Objectives of Internal Audit


Internal Audit aid’s the company’s management with the following:


  1. Internal Risk Management
  2. Evaluation of internal control’s effectiveness
  3. Process Improvement by strengthening internal controls to accomplish organization objectives
  4. Compliance Assurance to make sure company is in compliant with relevant laws and regulations
  5. Financial Integrity to make sure financial information is accurate and reliable
  6. Strategic Decision-Making to get proper recommendation and suggest for improvement.
  7. Fraud Prevention and mitigation of risk


Internal audits play a crucial role in helping organizations achieve their objectives by providing insights into areas that may need improvement or adjustment. They are typically conducted by internal auditors who are independent and objective within the organization, reporting their findings and recommendations to management and, if applicable, to the board of directors.

Role of an Internal Auditor

The role of an internal auditor is to provide an independent and objective assessment of an organization’s processes, controls, and risks. By doing so, they contribute to the organization’s overall governance, risk management, and control processes, helping it achieve its objectives efficiently and effectively.

Frequently Asked Questions

Internal Audit is not mandatory for every company in UAE, however it is highly recommended to have Internal Audit to improve company’s internal controls, processes, risk management, and regular assessment of controls to strengthen its effectivity.

Internal Audit can be prepared by employees of the company or by hiring an External Audit Firm.

Internal audits focus on measuring current performance and finding areas for improvement. External audits focus on proving the accuracy and veracity of financial statements.

The timeline for internal audit in UAE varies depending on the size and complexity of the organization. Generally, internal audits should be conducted at least annually to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and maintain the effectiveness of internal controls. Generally it should be completed within a couple of weeks.

Objectivity and independence in internal audit are maintained through several measures. Auditors should remain impartial, free from bias, and separate from the areas they audit. Auditors should follow professional standards and ethical guidelines to maintain the integrity of the audit process.

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