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  • How long does the audit team need to retain documentation

    Once the auditors have completed their workpapers for a given client, they must retain that audit documentation for a certain period of time. The retention requirements of audit documentation are 5 years for nonissuers and 7 years for issuers. The start date is based on the report release date. The report release date is when […]

  • What is the difference between the permanent and current audit file?

    The current audit file is used to store documentation that is applicable to the current year audit only. If the document will likely be needed in future audits, then the document should be placed in the permanent audit file. The visual below illustrates the items that are commonly stored in the current file vs the […]

  • When does audit documentation have to be completed for public company audits?

    For issuers, the audit team must complete all audit documentation within 45 days from the date the audit report is issued. Prior to the audit report date, the audit team should have completed all of the key audit procedures to support their audit opinion. The 45 days is mainly used to finalize the current and […]