California Board of Accountancy

Retention Period for Audit Documentation

CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS
TITLE 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations
DIVISION 1. Board of Accountancy Regulations

ARTICLE 9 - Rules of Professional Conduct

§ 68.3. Retention Period for Audit Documentation.

(a) The retention period mandated by Business and Professions Code Section 5097 shall be measured from the date of issuance of the report (report release date).
(b) If audit documentation is required to be kept for longer than seven years because of a pending Board investigation or disciplinary action, audit documentation shall not be destroyed until the licensee has been notified in writing by the Board of the closure of a Board investigation or disciplinary proceeding.
(c) Any documents required to be maintained by Business and Professions Code Section 5097 or these regulations shall be maintained in accessible form.
(d) Audit documentation shall be retained whether or not the documentation supports the auditor's final conclusions. All audit documentation regarding any significant matter related to the audit shall be retained whether or not the documentation contains information or data inconsistent with the auditor's final conclusions. Significance of a matter shall be determined based on an objective analysis of the facts and circumstances. Audit documentation to be retained shall also include all documentation of consultations on, or resolutions of, any differences of opinion regarding the exercise of professional judgment.


NOTE: Authority cited: Section 5010, 5018 and 5098, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 5097 and 5098, Business and Professions Code.

 

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