letter of representation
A formal written record of representations made by the management of an organization to the auditors. The letter is prepared by the auditor and signed by management on a date as near as possible to the date of the auditors’ report and after all audit work has been completed, including the review of events occurring after the balance sheet date, for example. The information referred to in the letter is material to the financial statements for which the auditor is unable to obtain independent corroborative evidence. These matters might include any future legal claims and adjusting events.