Financial Reporting


The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) released Internal Control over Financial Reporting—Guidance for Smaller Public Companies to supplement Internal Control—Integrated Framework, t he committee’s landmark 1992 publication that outlined a comprehensive framework for internal control systems. The new guidance was developed primarily to help smaller public corporations apply the framework and better comply with section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Nevertheless, it applies to organizations of all sizes. “COSO is offering previously unavailable, but much needed, direction on designing and implementing cost-effective internal controls,” said AICPA Vice-President of New Finance John Morrow. “Small company managers and audit committees will find it invaluable.”

The new publication can be ordered at www.cpa2biz.com/stores/coso3 , and an executive summary and a set of frequently asked questions and answers can be downloaded free at www.coso.org/publications/ and www.aicpa.org/download/news/2006/coso_faq.pdf , respectively.

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