The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was the most significant legislation to emerge in response to the corporate governance failures at the start of the 21st century. On this page members can access a selection of resources on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act including articles and books that look at its impact and suggest practical steps to tackle compliance.
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Corporate governance handbook
Chambers, A. (Bloomsbury Professional, 2014, 1099 pages)
This book advises on functioning within the legal, ethical and practical parameters of corporate governance. Includes a chapter on audit committees and Sarbanes-Oxley in the UK.
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Accounting control best practices
Addresses one of the primary concerns in accounting today - how to develop a comprehensive system of accounting and operational controls. This concern has been exacerbated by the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which requires public companies to report an assessment of their internal control structures and which has led to comprehensive control examinations by all types of companies. This second edition describes a complete set of controls for both a paper-based accounting process and a computerized system and then describes controls for more advanced best practices that are layered on to the basic computerized system. This second edition includes new chapters describing control systems for budgeting, collections, and financial reporting.
Accounts payable and Sarbanes Oxley
Looks at the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and how accounts payable functions can strengthen their internal controls. Includes information on the proper documentation and necessary guidelines needed to conform with SOX and ensure accounts payable departments are compliant.
How to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley section 404: assessing the effectiveness of internal control
Features step-by-step guidance for evaluating a company's internal control and proving these systems are in place. Contains forms, checklists, illustrations, diagrams, and tables to assist auditors involves in an internal control evaluation.
Internal audit reports post Sarbanes-Oxley: a guide to process-driven reporting
Looks at the changes made by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the standards, rules and tools applicable to the internal audit process. Contains sections on process-driven reporting and report writing, and appendices with professional standards.
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SOX compliance still costly
The article reports on the continued rise of costs in response to external changes such as new auditing and financial regulations as well as the transitions many public companies are undergoing in the U.S. brought by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act that took effect in 2002.
Do companies with effective internal controls over financial reporting benefit from Sarbanes–Oxley sections 302 and 404?
In this article, the authors attempt to empirically examine and document the impact disclosing material control weaknesses or the consequences flowing to public companies from such disclosures have on information asymmetry and related market micro-structure to promote ‘‘equity’’ in U.S. capital markets post Sarbanes-Oxley.
Report refutes Sarbanes-Oxley critics: Strong evidence exists of a link between auditor-identified weak internal controls and subsequent fraud cases
The article focuses on a study published in the "Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory" periodical over relationship between material weaknesses and company fraud.
Internal control weaknesses and financial reporting fraud
This study examines whether and how weak internal controls increase the risk of financial reporting fraud by top managers. There is a longstanding debate on whether control strength significantly affects fraud risk, yet little evidence on this issue.
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