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Is internal audit typically used for high risk or low risk areas of the audit?

In general, internal audit should be utilized to assist the external auditor in areas that aren’t considered high risk or where a high-level of judgement is involved. The external auditors typically have to perform work in a number of areas that are low-risk, and that is where the internal audit team can be utilized to reduce the amount of testing the external audit team performs themselves.


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