Close-the-Books Diagnostic Audit Report

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This sample audit report can be used to measure and improve the close-the-books process for the accounting/finance function. Report contents include an executive summary, financial close process checklist and analysis, output analysis (journal entries and reconciliations), procure-to-pay process improvements, POE analysis and KPI development, and project plan for future phases.

The following key observations were noted during the review:

  • Reduce the total number of risks by focusing on industry-specific risks and external audit guidelines.
  • Remove redundant controls.
  • Reclassify key controls to non-key controls.
  • Reduce testing by utilizing ERP standard controls.
  • Eliminate certain non-key controls to allow for ease of review and organization of documentation.

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