You Get What you Pay for?

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The SEC regulators are becoming very “worried” that pressure to reduce auditor fees due to economic cycles could lead to worse audits. Questions: 1. How do auditor switches impact fees? 2. What legal issues could affect audit committees where auditor fee reductions occur? 3. How does fee-hunting exacerbate this situation? 4. What does the study… Read more »

Evidence that Internal Control Reviews Reduce Restatements

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According to a new study from the research firm, Audit Analytics, smaller companies that have not had auditors review their internal-control reports are more likely to have restatements than larger companies, despite their claims of effective controls. This is bad news for those small publicly traded companies who have argued that they should be exempt… Read more »