Free Webinar: SSAE 16: How to Review your Vendors Internal Controls

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton March 4, 2012


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Tags: Internal Controls, Sarbanes-Oxley Articles & Information, Compliance tools, 404, 404 audit, SSAE 16, Sarbanes-Oxley Training, compliance, internal control, SAS 70, Internal Control Education, internal control tips

Change to Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 Requirements in 2012 Likely

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton February 22, 2012

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: 

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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

Auditors Losing the Right to Audit and What this Means for Your 10Q/K

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton October 14, 2011

 Google SAS 104-115 and you will find mostly articles by us (Vibato) discussing the need for auditors to pay special attention to internal controls as part of their audit. Why? Because the AICPA & the PCAOB dictates standards that the auditors must adhere to in order to perform their audits. Parts of these requirements include reviewing your internal controls and this applies to ANY COMPANY THAT IS AUDITED – public, private, non-profit; it doesn’t matter. If you are audited, your auditors must look at your internal controls as part of your audit. If you do not have any documented internal controls then be prepared for a higher audit bill because your auditors will have to go looking for internal controls at your company on your dime year-over-year. Moreover, due to independence issues, they are not allowed to share their work with you to use going forward so they will do this work each year and all you will see for it is a higher bill. Period.

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Tags: PCAOB News & Information, financial risk, Accounting Tip of the Day, 404, audit, AICPA, Controls Testing, 10k, Internal Control Education

SOX 404(a) - It Can Apply To More Than You Think - Part 2

Posted by Bill Bockwoldton April 29, 2011

In my previous post about SOX 404(a) and non-accelerated filers, I highlighted some of the requirements of the legislation. Below I have outlined a proven approach to dealing with those legislative requirements in a cost-effective, efficient way.

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Tags: Internal Controls, 404, Sarbanes-Oxley

SOX Internal Controls Requirements Studied by SEC

Posted by Nancy Johnsonon April 26, 2011

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.

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Tags: Internal Controls, 404, 404 audit, Non-accelerated filer 404(b) information