Overview Of The Sarbanes-Oxley Act

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After the fall of Enron and WorldCom, investors’ confidence and trust in the market was at an all time low. In response, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to help regulate and provide guidance over internal controls and financial reporting. With the implementation of SOX was section 404, which requires external auditors to assess company’s internal controls and management to sign all financial statements. Internal controls are specific procedures and “measures adopted within an organization to safeguard assets, enhance the reliability of accounting records, increase efficiency of operations, and ensure compliance with laws and regulations” (Weygandt, Kimmel, & Kieso, 2013 p.377). The system of internal controls consists of five components; A control environment, risk assessment, control activities, information and communication, and …show more content…

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5. What are some preventive measures managers can take to help prevent fraud?
6. Why should we care?
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