The documents required by an auditor at the time of an audit will vary depending on the type of audit and the specific entity being audited. However, some common documents that auditors may request include:
Internal control documentation
Correspondence with third parties
Board meeting minutes
In addition to these specific documents, auditors may also request any other documents that they believe are relevant to the audit. For example, if the auditor is auditing a company's inventory, they may request to see the company's physical inventory count sheets.
The auditor will also need to obtain representations from management about the accuracy of the financial statements and the effectiveness of internal controls. These representations are typically made in writing and are signed by the company's management team.
The auditor will use the documents and representations they obtain to assess the accuracy and completeness of the financial statements. They will also use this information to form an opinion on whether the financial statements are presented fairly in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
Here are some additional tips for preparing for an audit:
Gather all of the required documents and make sure they are organized and easy to understand.
Provide the auditor with access to all of the company's records and systems.
Be responsive to the auditor's requests and questions.
Communicate openly and honestly with the auditor.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure that the audit process goes smoothly and that the auditor is able to complete their work effectively.