6 Internal Controls Actions to Take Before June 30

Posted by Nancy Johnson on May 19, 2011


Right now, most 12-31 year-end filers are taking a welcome break from worrying about Ks and Qs. But be careful not to put audit-related matters too far on the back burner. Instead, take a few proactive steps to make your financial reporting efforts stronger, more cost-effective, and more efficient for the coming quarters.

Here are 6 actions you should be taking right now in the area of internal controls:

  1. Decide if it’s time to re-engineer  processes or conduct a rationalization effort.
  2. Establish a testing framework and schedule – and start testing by July 1.
  3. Update your control documentation.
  4. Upgrade your financial systems now.
  5. Conduct a Risk Assessment.
  6. Start talking to your auditors about concerns or anticipated changes to your business.


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