Category: Sarbanes–Oxley

Hot topics for finance departments in 2015

There’s a tension for finance organizations that go public. Throughout the year, they are faced with new rules from accounting standard-setters, new guidance from accounting firms and new direction by regulators that cou…

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4 things no one’s telling you about SOX compliance

The JOBS Act granted some relief from the burdens of SOX for emerging growth companies, and while any relief was most welcome, the changes brought on some confusion. And it hasn’t abated even three years later. There’s…

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What to do if you’ve been in denial about the new COSO framework

Regulators are not requiring companies to follow the new COSO framework even though the 1992 version is being retired later this year. While we encourage companies to adopt the new internal control framework and most of th…

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Unearthing revenue and expense opportunities through SOX

It is easy to see why, after Sarbanes-Oxley became law in the early 2000s and internal-control testers and reviewers became sought-after professionals, that the demand for their talents sometimes went to their heads. From …

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SOX management testing: The debate over in-house vs. external testers

In its decade-long life, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has triggered many emotional arguments. One that continues to persist, even all these years later, is whether management testing can be done in-house or should be done solely…

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Sizing up the impacts of NASDAQ’s attempt to close the SOX loophole created by the JOBS Act

NASDAQ recently filed a proposed rule change with the SEC that’s seemingly aimed at SOX compliance. If implemented, each NASDAQ-listed company will be required to establish and maintain an internal audit function “to p…

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Where is SOX really headed?

The passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act 10 years ago dramatically improved corporate governance in U.S. companies, restoring investor confidence in U.S. capital markets in the wake of headline-making accounting blowups (Enro…

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The JOBS Act: Who are they kidding?

The JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) purports to foster the growth of small businesses, allowing them easier access to funding by lowering bureaucratic hurdles and thus enabling the growth of their business a…

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Did Sarbanes-Oxley kill the tech IPO?

In a March 2 CNBC interview, Marc Andressen was asked what one thing Washington could do to increase job creation and innovation in Silicon Valley. He replied by saying “attack regulation” and went on to specifically m…

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Not all controls are equal: a fresh look at SOX 404

In my work with smaller companies I’m seeing that there’s still much more they can do to strengthen their control environment, create efficiencies and reduce compliance costs in their SOX 404 program by taking a top-do…

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