What are the compliance requirements of an Expenses Audit trail?
Each business is subject to various Accounting and Tax regulations, and non-small companies are subject to financial audits. To avoid penalties, non-compliance with laws and regulations, and to receive a clean audit opinion, a business must be able to provide sufficient details behind each transaction – the so-called audit trail. Here are some of the requirements:
- Businesses should not overstate or understate their expenses
- Businesses should show their expenses in the correct and appropriate categories when preparing financial statements
- Businesses should show their expenses in the correct and appropriate categories when filling in Income Tax Returns – deductible, non-deductible. And VATable vs. non-VATable etc
- Businesses should be able to provide their auditors with sufficient and appropriate audit evidence so that their auditors can form their opinion on whether the financial statements give an accurate and fair view. (I.e., auditors should be able to trace back transactions from their inception until their payment and recording)
- The business's auditors receive sufficient and appropriate audit evidence by verifying the completeness, accuracy, classification, occurrence, and period of recording of transactions
- Certain laws and regulations require businesses to keep hard copy documents or electronic alternatives for all transactions for some time after a transaction has taken place
How can an audit trail and expense management software achieve the compliance requirements above?
Companies can adhere to compliance requirements more efficiently with a detailed audit trail. Businesses can create great audit trails for all expense transactions using expense management software.
With Payhawk's solution, businesses can:
- Issue business debit or credit cards (the latter are for UK and US only) and receive live updates and notifications on the platform. Finance teams can see all expenses in real-time to help ensure compliance with not under/overstating.
- The expense management platform automatically records the debit/credit card transactions – where each employee must upload a receipt/invoice. The solution will read from this and fill in information such as amount, date, and supplier details. Also, employees can add notes on the expense and select from a wide range of predetermined categories.
- Invoices received via inboxes that require payment from a bank account can easily be transferred (through upload/drag and drop) into the expense management software and automatically read by the solution. Information such as amounts, supplier details, and due dates will be populated automatically. Additionally, payment details will be remembered if previously this supplier has been paid.
- Finance teams can review all those receipts and invoices – they can amend categories to allocate to the appropriate financial category and adjust VAT rates based on the applicable law. This ensures compliance with the proper presentation of expenses on financial statements and tax compliance.
- The above actions are recorded by the expense management software and kept on it, thus creating the perfect audit trail for all stakeholders.
- All of the above actions can be automatically posted on the accounting software through integration without the requirement of export and import. Lastly, businesses can export transactions via Excel for additional review and filtering.
Payhawk's expense management solution offers all of the above. So, why go through a lengthy process to create the perfect audit trail when Payhawk's software already has it all? Book a demo to learn more from our team.