Procedure for an Israeli Nonprofit Organization Audit
What is the procedure for an Israeli nonprofit organization audit? This article provides some information about an Israeli nonprofit organization audit.
This Series of Posts
Our lawyers at Cohen, Decker, Pex & Brosh work in various legal fields, including Israeli nonprofit law. This article is one in a series focusing on what you need to know about nonprofits or charitable organizations in Israel. This series addresses various issues that may be helpful to you as you administer your Israeli nonprofit organization. Israeli amutot fall under the jurisdiction of the Israeli Corporations Authority, and you can read about this authority in our article on the topic or by going directly to their unit page under the Ministry of Justice.
How Does an Israeli Nonprofit Organization Audit Begin?
The nonprofit organization under audit will receive a notice from an accounting firm copied to the government office ordering the audit. This notice will be very clear as to the authority delegated to the accounting firm to conduct the audit, a timeline, conditions for providing all documents requested, and a long list of data, paperwork, explanations, and requests for details of operations and finances.
Documents That May Be Requested
Each audit request for documents may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- The association (amuta) or public benefit company’s (cheletz) certificate of incorporation
- The organization’s legally registered by-laws and objectives
- The list of members and/or shareholders, i.e., the General Assembly and their details
- The list of members on the Executive Board or the board of directors in a public benefit company
- Certificates of registration with the various tax authorities, including VAT, income tax, and national insurance (bituach leumi)
- Various licenses as relevant to that organization, i.e., medical, customs, and food regulations
- Tax benefit certificates, namely recognition as a public body by income tax, what is known as clause 46a status
- Balance table
- Annual reports, verbal and financial
- A list of the five highest salaries in the organization
- A list of donors whose donations in one tax year accumulate to 20,000 shekels and higher
- A list of donations from foreign states
- General Assembly or shareholder protocols
- Executive Board or board of directors protocols
- Internal Audit Committee or internal auditor protocols
- Record of any and all litigation against or by the organization
- An overview of the organizational structure
- List of all members, employees, regular contractors, voluntary positions, and professional advisors
- An overview of all the assets of the organization
- An overview of all the operations of the organization
- An overview of all the finances and the organization’s budget
- Written and authorized internal regulations (nehalim)
- Protocol authorizing appointment of organizational signatories
- Employee 126 forms submitted to the tax authorities
- Employee contracts
- Receipts for donations
- Receipts for secondary business use with VAT invoice
- General receipts
- Protocols to purchase major assets, such as cars
- Budget proposals and approved budgets of previous years
- Bank statements of finances and terms of the management of the account, namely signatory power and access to information
- Annual summary of bank accounts
- Documents regarding investments and loans
- Documents describing third party holders of interest
- Documents regarding real estate, rental arrangements, and holdings
If you have questions about financial management, an Israeli nonprofit organization audit, or any other matter related to managing an Israeli amuta, please contact us.
Advocate Joshua Pex specializes in Israeli nonprofit law and would be happy to discuss the needs of your nonprofit organization with you.
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