Critical Audit Matters: Are CAMs a Snoozer?

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The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board just published three reports on the implementation of critical audit matters, all suggesting that the inclusion of “CAMs” in an audit report simply isn’t that big a deal.  The research, published with little fanfare last week, found no strong evidence that CAMs drive up audit fees or delay the…

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Early Returns on Critical Audit Matters

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Earlier this fall large corporations started to file annual reports that, for the first time ever, included “critical audit matters” identified by their audit firms. CAMs have been a controversial idea for quite some time, but they’re here — and now we have some early research on which subjects audit firms are flagging for CAM…

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New Guidance on Critical Audit Matters

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Accounting regulators have published new guidance for audit firms about how to disclose Critical Audit Matters they find with corporate clients. Internal audit and compliance managers might want to give the document a read too, since it serves as a quasi-blueprint of how to anticipate delicate subjects in internal control and corporate accounting. CAMs are…

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Hertz, Estimates, and Internal Controls

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Who says a government shutdown means no news for internal control and compliance? On New Year’s Eve the Securities and Exchange Commission served up another juicy enforcement action, hitting Hertz Corp. with a $16 million penalty for sloppy accounting practices that led to a financial restatement in 2015. The case is worth a look because…

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PCAOB Inspection Priorities for 2019

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The PCAOB has shared its plans for audit firm inspections early next year, with more focus on how audit firms manage their own operations and less perhaps emphasis on specific risk areas such as Brexit, oil prices, or changing interest rates. The PCAOB inspections outlook is useful foremost for audit firms, who want to know…

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Two Issues on SOX Compliance

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More than 1,700 audit and compliance professionals have gathered in Nashville this week for Workiva’s annual user conference and the annual meeting of the SOX Professionals Group. Yours truly is on the scene, trying to capture all the good insight and latest news on SOX compliance. Here’s what we have from Day 1. Tuesday was…

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