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The audit report communicates the results of the audit work. For that reason alone it is perhaps one of the most important parts of the audit process. It is important because it is what the department and senior management sees, and in some cases may be the only product of our work that management receives. If written and communicated well, it can act as a positive change agent prompting management to take corrective action.

Writing an effective audit report starts with a clear understanding of how the report will be used, viewed, acted upon by department management. Audit reports have three major objectives:

  • Inform: To make department management aware of a situation by communicating the results of our audit work.
  • Persuade: To convince department management that our comments are valid and worthwhile.
  • Results: To convince department managers to take appropriate action.

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 Additional Resources for Writing

Audit Report Writing Guide

Sample Audit Opinion for Business Entity

 

Sample Report Format 

Report Issuance Control Sheet Template  

Report Cover Template

Report Letter Sample Format 

Writing

The Plain Train

Plain Language

Grammar & Punctuation (includes active/passive voice)

The Grammar Slammer

OWL (Online Writing Lab--Purdue University

Grammar Handbook, University of Illinois

Guide to Grammar and Style, by Jack Lynch

Daily Grammar

Capital Community College Foundation Guide to Grammar and Writing 

Englishclub.com

Reference Books

Chicago Manual of Style

The Tongue and Quill

Bartleby.com References

For Federal Government users

U.S. Government Printing Office Style Manual