Statutory audit

A statutory audit is an examination of an entity's financial records in accordance with the requirements of a government agency. A number of organizations must undergo statutory audits, including the following:

  • Banks
  • Brokerage firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Municipalities

These entities must undergo statutory audits because they are subject to a certain amount of governmental oversight. The scope of each of these audits is set by the government agency that is requiring it, so the outcome may not necessarily conform to the requirements of generally accepted auditing standards.