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Companies Act, 2013 – Rotation of auditors for Private Companies

Companies Act, 2013 – Rotation of auditors for Private Companies

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has come out with Companies (Audit and Auditors) Second Amendment Rules, 2017 (‘Amendment Rules’) vide Notification dated 22nd June 2017. In the aforesaid notification, MCA has amended Rule 5 (b) of Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules, 2014 (‘Rules’). This amendment gives relief to private companies with paid-up share capital of below Rupees fifty crores, from the applicability of rotation of auditors for private companies under section 139 (2) of the Companies Act, 2013.

The new position regarding the rotation of auditors as per section 139 (2) of the Companies Act, 2013, read along with the Rules after the aforesaid amendment stands as follows:
i) A listed company or
ii) All unlisted public companies having paid up share capital of Rs. 10 crores or more;
iii) All private limited companies having paid up share capital of Rs. 50 crores or more;
iv) All companies having paid up share capital of below threshold limit mentioned in ii and iii above but having public borrowings from financial institutions, banks or public deposits of Rs. 50 crores or more

Shall not appoint or re-appoint
a. an individual as the auditor for more than one term of 5 consecutive years; and
b. an audit firm as auditor for more than two terms of 5 consecutive years:

Provided that
i) an individual auditor who has completed his term under clause (a) shall not be eligible for
re-appointment as the auditor in the same company for five years from the completion of his term;
ii) an audit firm which has completed its term under clause (b), shall not be eligible for reappointment as the auditor in the same company for five years from the completion of such term:

Provided also that every company, existing on or before the commencement of this Act which is required to comply with the provisions of this subsection, shall comply with requirements of this subsection within a period which shall not be later than the date of the first annual general meeting of the
company held, within the period specified under sub-section (1) of section 96, after three years from the date of commencement of this Act.

Thus, other provisions of section 139 (2) of the Act and the Rules remaining the same, the amendment rules have increased the threshold for the applicability of rotation of auditors based on the paid-up share capital of private companies from Rs. 20 crores to Rs. 50 crores.

 
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Companies Act, 2013 – Rotation of auditors for Private Companies

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