SEC Delays 404(b) Compliance for Small Biz

June 23, 2008

The Securities and Exchange Commission has granted small companies a one-year reprieve with regard to complying with the auditor-attestation requirements of Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

With the extension, smaller companies will now be required to provide the attestation reports in their annual reports for fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2009.

“The extension of the Section 404(b) compliance date for smaller companies is the latest in a series of Commission efforts to help reduce unnecessary compliance costs for smaller companies while preserving important investor protections,”

Section 404 has two provisions: 404(a) requires company management to assess the effectiveness of the company’s internal controls over financial reporting, while 404(b) requires an auditor attestation on management’s assessment.

Source: CFO.com