Sarbanes Oxley Act Pros And Cons

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Professor Darlene Green-Connor ACC 403 November 27, 2012 Sarbanes-Oxley Act The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was put in place by Congress in 2002 in response to the financial fraud committed by multiple corporations. The main objective of the Act was to restore faith in investors whom experienced financial losses due to the financial fraud committed by the corporations. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, also known as SOX, contains many laws and regulations that must be followed by small and large companies. Some of the results of the SOX are: external auditors gained more independence in reviewing corporate financial statements for accuracy, the board of directors’ oversight role was increased, upper management is required to certify the accuracy of financial…show more content…
Although the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was passed by Congress for positive reasons, there are many disadvantages that come along with it. A major issue is the cost of regulation, especially for smaller companies. Expanding internal controls delay the timeliness of financial statements by adding processing time to accounting functions. To follow the SOX, companies would need to separate duties, causing an increase in personnel. The SOX also calls for additional audits which increase business costs. If a business has increased costs and expenses due to the abidance of the SOX, it will most likely take money from other aspects of the business which can negatively impact the investors. The effectiveness of the SOX is debated by the advantages versus the disadvantages that companies and investors face. De Vay (2006) stated that, “The majority of the survey respondents feel that the benefits of…show more content…
If this was not the case, Congress would not have enforced the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. In 2002, the financial scandals that occurred by multiple corporations proved that the accounting profession was in dire need of some regulation by the government. I predict that corporate fraud will remain the same based on the research produced during the writing process for this assignment. There is no fool proof way to completely diminish financial fraud or to protect investors. As people as a whole have proven time and time again, there are rules and laws and there are people whom break those rules and laws for personal gain. As long as people choose to be dishonest and unethical in their businesses and personal choices when it comes to finances, there will be financial fraud and investors will suffer financial

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