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New legislation is gaining steam that would change the definition of which companies are subjected to an external audit review of their internal controls (e.g., Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404(b)). The bill, called 'H.R.3606 - Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act of 2011,' passed the House by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 54-1. The bill still has to go through the Senate and then get Presidential approval before it becomes law (you can follow the progress here: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3606/show).
Tags: Internal Controls, Sarbanes-Oxley Articles & Information, 404, SOX, AICPA, 404 audit, audit costs, Non-accelerated filer 404(b) information, Sarbanes-Oxley Training, Sarbanes-Oxley, external auditing, Internal Control Education
COSO is coming out with a revision to the famous 'COSO Cube' and they have submitted a draft for public comment. The COSO Cube provides the basis for all internal control infrastructures, including Sarbanes-Oxley implementations, and it gives guidance on how to structure and audit control procedures. PwC participate in the update and they have provided a nice synopsis below of the pending change:
Let's just get down to the skinny of it, audits in any form are painful. We get that.
The costs and impact of SOX 404(b) -- which requires auditor review of internal controls over financial reporting -- was the subject of an SEC study published on April 22, 2011.