Sarbanes Oxley Section 404 (SOX 404)
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) has created challenges and opportunities for publicly traded companies, changing the way they do business.
Enacted to restore public confidence and trust in our nation's corporate sector, the act demands greater accountability for financial management and reporting practices for companies registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). While SOX does not directly apply to nonpublic companies or not-for-profits, these organizations also are adopting many of Section 404's provisions.
The act charges management with the responsibility for annually assessing the design and operating effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting and requires external auditors to annually audit and issue a report on the effectiveness of the company's internal controls.
Help from BKD
BKD has developed a customized approach to Section 404 compliance that meets the spirit and letter of the law. Though management is responsible for meeting the Section 404 requirements, we can help with initial assessments, specific phases, end-of-process reviews or outsourcing staff.
We also can take a lead role in helping management meet Section 404 requirements. Our four-phased approach covers planning, training, documenting and testing. This approach is typically driven by answers to these questions:
- What documentation, monitoring and testing of controls already exist?
- How complex is the organization?
- What internal audit or other resources can be deployed?
- What kind of information technology does your company depend on?
- What is your company's culture with regard to “doing things right”?
Effect on Nonpublic Companies
Many nonpublic organizations and not-for-profits also are looking at Section 404-related issues, or internal audit outsourcing, as opportunities to improve business effectiveness and efficiency. These entities are proactively evaluating their corporate governance environment and considering adopting 404 rules that are not otherwise required. BKD can assist not-for-profit entities in understanding the implications and costs of SOX compliance.
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