04 NCAC 06C .0305          INDEPENDENT AUDITS

(a)  An audit of each state‑chartered credit unions shall occur at least once each calendar year and shall cover the period elapsed since the last audit.  The audit will be performed using generally accepted auditing procedures and standards.  It is the responsibility of the supervisory committee, or board of directors if there is no supervisory committee, to ensure that the annual audit is timely, that generally accepted auditing standards are used, that an adequate audit of the credit union records is conducted, and the audit report is promptly prepared and submitted to the board of directors.  Workpapers of the supervisory committee and/or its independent auditors shall be made available for review by the Credit Union Division.

(b)  Compensated auditors performing audits for credit unions must be independent of the credit union's employees, members of the board of directors, supervisory committee, credit committee, and/or the credit union's loan officers and members of their immediate families.  Compensated auditors must be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), or a bonded auditing firm, or a person who is bonded or has accountants' professional liability insurance coverage.

(c)  Annual verification of depositors' and members' accounts will be done in conjunction with the annual audit and shall be made by either a controlled verification of 100 percent of share, deposit and loan accounts or a controlled random sampling method that provides assurance that the General Ledger accounts are fairly stated and that members' and depositors' accounts are properly safeguarded.

(d)  A credit union shall obtain an outside independent audit by a certified public accountant for any fiscal year during which any one of the following is present:

(1)           the required annual audit was not performed or was not in accordance with Paragraphs (a), (b), and/or (c) of this Rule;

(2)           the credit union has experienced serious and/or persistent recordkeeping deficiencies.  Persistent means continuing to exist or endure.  Serious is when there is given cause for concern that the financial condition is not fairly and accurately presented and/or that management practices are not sufficient to safeguard the assets of the credit union.  When a credit union fails to comply with this Rule, the administrator has the authority to engage an outside certified public accountant at the credit union's expense to conduct the required annual audit.

(e)  This Rule shall not in any manner modify or limit the administrator's responsibility or authority to examine credit unions as set forth in G.S. 54‑109.16, and it shall not modify or limit the administrator's authority to assess the cost of the examination against any credit union.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 54‑109.12; 54‑109.17; 54‑109.35(b); 54‑109.49;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. April 4, 1978;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1991; October 1, 1983; May 1, 1983; January 1, 1983;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.