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Section 404 implementation Chief audit executives navigate uncharted waters

Section 404 implementation Chief audit executives navigate uncharted waters Section 404 of the Sarbanes‐Oxley Act requires management to include in the annual report a report on the effectiveness of the company's internal control over financial reporting. This assessment must be supported by evidential matter, including documentation, regarding both the design of internal controls and the testing process. Understandably, many executives are seeking the assistance from their internal auditors in satisfying the Section 404 requirements, leaving internal auditors with the important task of ensuring that the corporation's internal control system is properly documented and tested. This paper discusses how nine leading internal auditors of large publicly listed corporations are assisting their respective companies in implementing the Section 404 requirements. Further discusses some of the significant issues that these auditors are addressing and their prediction on the expected future impact of Section 404. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Managerial Auditing Journal Emerald Publishing

Section 404 implementation Chief audit executives navigate uncharted waters

Managerial Auditing Journal , Volume 19 (9): 8 – Dec 1, 2004

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2004 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0268-6902
DOI
10.1108/02686900410562786
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Abstract

Section 404 of the Sarbanes‐Oxley Act requires management to include in the annual report a report on the effectiveness of the company's internal control over financial reporting. This assessment must be supported by evidential matter, including documentation, regarding both the design of internal controls and the testing process. Understandably, many executives are seeking the assistance from their internal auditors in satisfying the Section 404 requirements, leaving internal auditors with the important task of ensuring that the corporation's internal control system is properly documented and tested. This paper discusses how nine leading internal auditors of large publicly listed corporations are assisting their respective companies in implementing the Section 404 requirements. Further discusses some of the significant issues that these auditors are addressing and their prediction on the expected future impact of Section 404.

Journal

Managerial Auditing JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 2004

Keywords: Internal auditing; Internal control; Financial reporting

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