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Resolves the validity of an accounting entry by a step-by-step record by which accounting data can be traced to their source.
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A record of the transactions in a trade from the beginning to the end. The SEC and the NYSE use the audit trail when investigating irregularities and potential trading violations.
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A record of business transactions that can be used by an interested party to trace an organization's activities to original documents. Audit trails are used to verify account balances.
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audit traila trail of primary documents such as INVOICES, and LEDGER entries, for example sales ledger records, which are used to identify how ACCOUNTING records have been kept. By selecting a sample of primary documents and ledger entries an AUDITOR can check the completeness and accuracy of a firm's accounting system.
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