Every audit process involves several crucial stages:
1. Preparatory Stage.
At this stage, a professional auditor assesses the scope and composition of the financial statements, negotiates the audit terms, enters into an audit engagement agreement, formulates a preliminary audit plan, and gathers necessary documents.
2. Conducting the Investigation.
During this phase, the auditor collects and evaluates the evidentiary base, which includes examining and analyzing the financial statements from the previous year. It requires scrutinizing accounting reports, financial documentation, and managerial data. Additionally, the specialist gathers information through other means such as employee interviews, observations, surveys, and inventories.