Document prepared by the auditors appointed to examine and certify the accounting records and financial position of a firm. It must be filed every year by an incorporated or registered firm (along with its audited financial statements) with the appropriate regulatory authority. Also called audit report.
A forensic audit is the process of reviewing a person’s or company’s financial statements to determine if they are accurate and lawful. Forensic accounting is most commonly associated with the IRS and tax audits, but it may also be commissioned by private companies to establish a complete view of a single entity’s finances.