Canada Revenue Agency Annual Report to Parliament 2013-2014
Statement of Management Responsibility Including Internal Control over Financial Reporting
We have prepared the accompanying financial statements of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) according to accounting principles consistent with those applied in preparing the financial statements of the Government of Canada. Significant accounting policies are set out in note 2 to the financial statements. Some of the information included in the financial statements, such as accruals and the allowance for doubtful accounts, is based on management's best estimates and judgment, with due consideration to materiality. The CRA's management is responsible for the integrity and objectivity of data in these financial statements. Financial information submitted to the Public Accounts of Canada and included in the CRA's Annual Report, is consistent with these financial statements.
To fulfill its accounting and reporting responsibilities, management maintains sets of accounts which provide records of the CRA's financial transactions. Management also maintains financial management and an effective system of internal control over financial reporting (ICFR) that take into account costs, benefits, and risks. They are designed to provide reasonable assurance that transactions are within the authorities provided by Parliament, and by others such as provinces and territories, are executed in accordance with prescribed regulations and the Financial Administration Act, and are properly recorded to maintain the accountability of funds and safeguarding of assets.
Financial management and internal control systems are reinforced by the maintenance of internal audit programs. The CRA also seeks to assure the objectivity and integrity of data in its financial statements by the careful selection, training, and development of qualified staff, by organizational arrangements that provide appropriate divisions of responsibility, by communication programs aimed at ensuring that its regulations, policies, standards, and managerial authorities are understood throughout the organization, and by conducting an annual assessment of the effectiveness of its system of ICFR. An assessment for the year ended March 31, 2014 was completed in accordance with the Policy on Internal Control and the results and action plans are summarized in the annex.
The system of ICFR is designed to mitigate risks to a reasonable level based on an on-going process to identify key risks, to assess effectiveness of associated key controls, and to make any necessary adjustments. The effectiveness and adequacy of the CRA's financial management and its system of internal control are reviewed by the work of internal audit staff, who conduct periodic audits of different areas of the CRA's operations and by the Board of Management which is responsible for ensuring that management fulfills its responsibilities for financial reporting and internal control and exercises this responsibility through the Audit Committee of the Board of Management. To assure objectivity and freedom from bias, these financial statements have been reviewed by the Audit Committee and approved by the Board of Management. The Audit Committee is independent of management and meets with management, the internal auditors, and the Auditor General of Canada on a regular basis. The auditors have full and free access to the Audit Committee.
The Auditor General of Canada conducts independent audits and expresses separate opinions on the accompanying financial statements which do not include an audit opinion on the annual assessment of the effectiveness of the CRA's internal controls over financial reporting.
original signed by
Commissioner of Revenue and Chief Executive Officer of the CRA
original signed by
Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Commissioner, Finance and Administration
August 26, 2014
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